Throwing a line: 99 Word Flash Fiction

“Don’t you love being a pensioner?”

” Why? For the cheap public transport?”

“Absolutely. Where are we going today?”

“Let’s go on the Sunshine Coast Line.”

“That’s a long time in the train. What about something closer to home. We could get bored sitting for so long.” 

“No problems for me. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

“What have you done that’s so sensational?”

“Nothing silly. It’s a line from The Importance of being Earnest.”

“Why is it important to be earnest?”

“Forget it. We’ll do the Beenleigh line.”

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

May 3, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 15, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

If you want your story published in the weekly collection, please use this form. If you want to interact with other writers, do so in the comments (yes, that means sharing your story TWICE — once for interaction and once for publication). Rules are here.

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.
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21 Responses to Throwing a line: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. So I’m guessing the Beenleigh Line is very short? Pretty funny, and an accurate view of the misunderstood .

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  2. TanGental says:

    ah blissful ignorance

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  3. Don’t you just hate it when people don’t get these classic references? 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. syncwithdeep says:

    May i know the prompt please? Sound interesting..

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  5. papershots says:

    well, “why is it important to be earnest?” sounds like a perfectly reasonable question to me… haha

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  6. If I may be frank, this is surely clever. (wait for it…)

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  7. I love this, Irene. Very clever, indeed.

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  8. Annecdotist says:

    Yay, I love The Importance of Being Earnest and of course that’s definitely the best line.

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  9. Pingback: Lines « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  10. Charli Mills says:

    Lots of crossed lines including a perfectly pitched literary one!

    Liked by 1 person

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