99 Word Flash Fiction: Connection in a Hard Place

Natasha dreamed of death. These visions were always pleasant unlike the bombs that fell around her, killing all in their path. Except her. She who longed to die seemed immune to the terror surrounding her. All her family were dead. Her lover too had died, beheaded. They had forced her to watch. Now, except when dreams of death lulled her, the nightmare never left. The latest bomb left her scrabbling at the rubble to reach the trapped cry below. She pulled the unharmed baby to her and connected her to her breast. She smiled as the milk flowed again.

This week Charli asks us to :

May 13, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that shows a hard place and a connection. It could be a prisoner who discovers friendship; a cedar that grows from a crack in a cliff; an abandoned dog rescued by a homeless teen. Maybe it is a reconciliation or connecting with students during a turbulent time. Is the hard place part of something larger in the scope of a character’s development? Or is it a plot twist?

Respond by May 19, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation.Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
This entry was posted in creative writing, fiction, flash fiction and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to 99 Word Flash Fiction: Connection in a Hard Place

  1. Norah says:

    That is definitely a hard place, Irene. I am thankful that I have been spared such horrors. I hope the child suckling at her breast will renew her pleasures in life and diminish the nightmare of her reality. Well told.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ouch. Well done, Irene. Brutal and endearing. Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So sad, yet the saddest part that this happens a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sherri says:

    So glad that out of such a hard place came life and healing once more for mother and child ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    That is so powerful, both the desire to die yet being the one to survive and the ability to nourish life in that survival. I missed coming over here! My Internet was so wonky last week it was almost a relief when it went out all the way. I’m back and getting my gaps filled. 🙂 Great flash, Irene!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pingback: Hard Places « Carrot Ranch Communications

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s