Buzz to Bang: 99 Word Flash Fiction

“Ugh! Tinnitus. Today it’s thrumming rather than clanging. 

“I’ve got buzzing reverberating also.” Sheila cocked her head. ” It’s in the garage.”

The hum intensifed as Peter entered the garage. “Hell! There’s a swarm of bees in here.”

“Smoke subdues bees. Use the fireworks.”

“Great idea.” Choosing Mad Monster, Peter  placed it under the honey comb. The scrape of the match igniting was quickly followed by a whizz then loud booming explosions. Bam! Boom!

Unexpected whizzing and  banging as the other fireworks ignited. Crackling fire engulfed the garage.  In the distance a welcome nee-naw, nee-naw.

“Preferred the hum” Sheila whispered.

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

August 3, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use sound to create a story. Just as you might “see” a scene unfold, think about how it might sound. Even one sound to set the tone is okay. Go where you hear the prompt lead. Feel free to experiment.

Respond by August 8, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published August 9). 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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27 Responses to Buzz to Bang: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. I heard this one loud and clear – hope that fire truck gets there in time to save something.
    Well done, Irene.

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  2. micketalbot says:

    Dear Irene,
    Hi, I genuinely thought you were hosting this challenge and used your title words as the prompts. I did however not use them for my title, just in the acrostic format of my entry. I did use them when submitting my entry in the pingback, an idiosyncrasy of mine as an indicator as which of challenge it is. I don’t think I have fallen foul of plagiarism, seriously hope I haven’t! Have changed my pingback accordingly, hope you find this in order. Seriously a genuine mistake. My deepest heartfelt apologies,
    Mick E Talbot
    PS You will find a duplicate of this comment on my blog, link follows:

    https://mickhispoetry.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/august-3-flash-fiction-challenge-acrostic-buzz-to-bang-99-word-classified-top-secret/

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  3. That was funny, one sound leading to another. Well done.

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  4. Norah says:

    Oh dear! A buzzing in the garage turns into fire. I think I’d prefer the hum too. Glad the nee-naw got there in time!

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  5. Annecdotist says:

    I think I’d rather the bees than tinnitus. Great use of sound in the flash.

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  6. Deborah Lee says:

    I would have preferred the hum too! Glad to know the house is all right. Nice flash, one sound leading to another.

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    That’s a fantastic escalation of sound! Fireworks are so visual, and yet you created a soundscape out of the melee that ensued. Great last line!

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  9. micketalbot says:

    Me thinks I’ve been here before, I can hear a buzzing sound again. Thanks Irene, great read!

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  10. julespaige says:

    I just heard a story on the news about a gent who did just that. -Set his garage or house up in flames by dousing with kerosene and lighting it trying to get rid of a bug nest. Fire is never a tool to use when one is not a professional. Eek!

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