Escape: 99 Word Flash Fiction

“Who are we today? Queen Victoria? Cleopatra? Maybe Mae West?”

“What are you? Stupid? My name is Dorothy Follett.”

“So you’re yourself today Dottie. Thats one for the books. Here’s your pills.”

“I don’t want any pills. I don’t need any pills.”

“Til the doctor says you don’t, you have to take them.” Dottie slowly reached for the medication and put it in her mouth. As the nurse left she spat the pill out and hid it in the pot plant.

“Yer not yerself today luv.” What’s up.”

“I want out of this loony bin. I’m escaping into realism.”

In response to Charli’s prompt  where she asks:

August 17, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an escape artist. It can even be you, the writer, escaping into a different realm or space in imagination. It can be any genre, including BOTS (based on a true story) or fantasy. You can focus on the escape, the twist or the person who is the escape artist.

Respond by August 29, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published August 30). 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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14 Responses to Escape: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. Michael says:

    I rather like that…

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Makes you wonder about medications. Go Dottie.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Wonderful story with a terrific twist at the end.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. jeanne229 says:

    Ah..love this. So timely in this age of over medication! The dialogue made the voices come alive. Go Dottie!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Clever, Irene! An escape into realism for the former fantastical Queen!

    Liked by 1 person

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  7. Annecdotist says:

    My kind of character, Irene. Keep spitting out those pills, Dottie!

    Liked by 2 people

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