The book of rules: 99 word flash fiction

“Don’t do ..”

“You’ve got your rule book out. Every day it gets longer. Can’t do cause its Monday, don’t do cause there’s an R in the month, don’t do, don’t do.” She could hear the angry frustration in his voice.

“No, it’s danger…” 

“I don’t care. We’re doing it. I’m sick of you. Always negative.” He stacked the wood inside the deconstructed bookcase.  Lifting the timber to edge the trolley under it the loose timber fell forward. He watched the skin peel off her leg as easily as she  removed her stockings.

“See, I told you it was dangerous.”

In response to Charli’s prompt for this week where she asks:

December 2, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something or someone not allowed. Maybe it’s about gender, race or other intolerance. Maybe it’s the cat who paws at the door, but not allowed inside. Maybe it’s a trail where dogs are not allowed. Go light, go dark, go where the prompt leads you.

Respond by December 6, 2016 to be included in the compilation (published December 7). 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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15 Responses to The book of rules: 99 word flash fiction

  1. ksbeth says:

    wow, wonderful – there are always reasons not to, but i admire those who do.

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  2. ellenbest24 says:

    The old wives tales, the fallacies the tradition to doft a cap… one you never wore to magpies at war; or else. I have a friend who lives by the not allowed theme. A super write, today I will make sure i do all the unallowed things I can… feeling fearless😇

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  3. ellenbest24 says:

    Hopefully *chews fingers* it’s not bad luck and I am allowed to accept you telling me to do…in stead of not to.

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    A wonderful “I told you so” twist, though gruesome. What is appealing is the play on superstition. Danger is often just that — dangerous. But you have exposed how superstition is used to subject the dangerous situation to mean something more or can be preventable. Thought-provoking.

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  6. Annecdotist says:

    Aargh, why didn’t he LISTEN? Great take on the prompt, Irene.

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