Blossoms for my lady: 99 Word Flash Fiction

Sometimes Jess brought her flowers. Unexpectedly for no reason. ” A blossom for a blossom” he’d say. He brought her happiness.

Occasionally Jess would tell her he had meant to buy her flowers but….. She always forgave him. The intent was there and so was her happiness.

Her tears rivered down her face as he promised to still bring her flowers. Both knew the bloom had died.

Now a year on, the white scented blossoms overhung his grave. She hadn’t seen them last year but she would every year from now on. “Thank you my love. You kept your promise.”

This week Charli asks: July 2, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes the word blossom. You can use the word as a noun or a verb, or even as a name. How does it fit into your story? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by July 7, 2020. 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 to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

Blossoms for my Lady 2

She lay looking skywards on the blanket of grass populated with daisies. The blue was obliterated by the huge cherry blossom in full bloom. Strange she’d never noticed it this time last year. Happiness washed over her for the first time since he’d left and she felt the coldness finally leaving her. Sometimes he brought her flowers and other times he meant to but didn’t. Either way had made her happy but that now seemed so long ago. “You kept your promise,” she whispered. “You’ve brought me flowers.” Her hand stretched out to caress the cold granite beside her.

Process: Since returning I have been struggling to get back into creative writing, particularly the prompts for Carrot Ranch’s Flash Fiction. I realise their are a couple of reasons for this. 1. my head space is not quite as free as it was a year ago.

2. I don’t give myself enough time to digest the prompt before the work has to be submitted.

3. a year away has allowed that monkey on my shoulder to be shouting in my ear big time.

To overcome this I have been submitting the first thing that comes to mind. Today I have also submitted the second thing. Over time who knows – the juju may again flow.

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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10 Responses to Blossoms for my lady: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. Aw. A well paced poignant flash.

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    Both are equally poignant, Irene. It will come back, the flow.

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  3. Marsha says:

    This is beautiful, Irene. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in 99 words! Did you read my interview with Charli?

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  5. OK, so I’m not crazy. You HAVE been away for a while but have recently returned.
    Welcome back. To me, it seems like your writing has not suffered one bit. An excellent piece as always!

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