99 Word Flash Fiction: Fear on the Island


© Charli Mills

The group alighted from the dinghy at the wooden steps and each, lost in their own thoughts of the week ahead, barely saw the opulence of their surroundings. They went to their rooms with instructions to meet in the garden for drinks  at 5pm precisely, dressed appropriately. That was the hard part, thought Kerry, just what is appropriate. She eventually picked on a skimpy bikini. Kerry’s heart sank, her fear real when she saw the others had chosen evening dress.

Hers was the only outfit not destroyed as the paint bombs flew. Filming of 13:Fear is Real had begun.

This week Charli has asked:

May 27, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story, using the above photo as a prompt. You can make it a garden party or an international spy thriller. Who is there and why? Does the backdrop scenery make an impact or is it ignored? The place is on an island, if you wish to make use of that. Go where the photograph leads you this week.

Respond by June 2, 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, flash fiction and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

22 Responses to 99 Word Flash Fiction: Fear on the Island

  1. Lily Lau says:

    I enjoyed reading this post so much 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Annecdotist says:

    Love this, Irene. Good for Kerry, that social faux pas turning to relief … and perhaps she’d be allowed a little smugness.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Such a fun story. Love it

    Liked by 1 person

  4. TanGental says:

    Ha! Excellent. Go Kelly, my kinda gal! Love the twist and how it’s easy to think you are failing when in fact you are in the best place.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Norah says:

    Very amusing. Good on Kerry. Thanks goodness it was only paint bombs! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, brilliant take! You turned it into a reality series! Reading your flash, it now occurs to me that these reality shows often travel to beautiful locations but everyone focuses on the created fear and drama.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. noelleg44 says:

    What an interesting take! Good job, Irene!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. joannesisco says:

    I love it that her instincts turned out to be correct 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Pingback: Garden Parties « Carrot Ranch Communications

  10. Brilliant. Loved the twist (bikini) before the twist (reality TV). Fantastic take on this prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sherri says:

    You had me guessing every which way with this flash Irene, love it! I wasn’t expecting a reality TV show. This is wonderful and fun 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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