An Ending: 99 word flash fiction

The door slammed behind her lover. Maeve lay back on the bed spent, almost too tired to care that yet another man had walked out on her. ‘Oh bugger!’ She rolled onto her side. ‘They come and they go. What was it she did wrong? Why didn’t any of them stay?Maybe I try too hard. Perhaps they’d stay if they thought I wanted them to go.’ She propped herself in order to see her reflection in the mirror. Smiling, ‘well it’s not that I’m horrible to look at.’

A door banged shut. “How about a croissant and tea?” 

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

November 9, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that pivots around an unexpected ending. If it’s the end of the world as we know it, what is the renewal? You can have history repeat itself. You can include dynamics that never change despite an ending. You can show a triumphant ending. A tragic one. A silly, “That’s all folks!

Respond by November 15, 2016 to be included in the 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. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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18 Responses to An Ending: 99 word flash fiction

  1. Maeve doesn’t give up – good for her. But maybe she should stand up for a while – the reaction to her might be different.

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  2. ellenbest24 says:

    Ha! Surprise… loved it. she had no self belief until the last line. A good one and breakfast in bed what more could she want. Brilliant.😇

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  3. Is this a new lover or the one who just left? Couldn’t figure the timing. Either way, I like it. 🙂

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  4. Deborah Lee says:

    Did she have a “broke picker” that somehow got fixed? Nice surprise ending!

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  5. julespaige says:

    Ah…One could take this two ways; She believes in herself eats alone after talking to herself in the mirror, or a lover returns. Maybe not the lover who left? And that is a twist 😉

    Always a challenge in 99 words to get everything in.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    An end to her love ’em and loose ’em streak, perhaps! Or maybe she trysted with the last lover not expecting the one from before to return with breakfast. She might have several returns. 🙂

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