Small, but perfectly formed

You might think that I’m talking about myself. Well, yes, that’s me in a nutshell. But I digress… it is also what can be said of flash fiction.

I have written as few words as 25 in the past, but 100 words is probably my favourite length. I enjoy the challenge of penning 100 words exactly. I have just had my eleventh 100-worder published by CafeLit.

Here’s the blog post.

And here’s the actual piece:

Sea Souls

Like a giant palm, the wave capped my head and plunged me beneath its surface, intent on consuming me.

            I tumbled, salt- and sand-blinded.mermaid-467308_1920 (1).jpg

            It churned and pummelled me until I was spent.

            The dappled light became my sky as I drifted down, relinquishing myself to the depths.

            Flashes of luminescence confirmed that I was passing – but, through barely-open eyes, I saw lanterns encircling me, caught flicks of rainbow shimmer. White faces lit with eyes of emerald and aqua loomed and retreated.

            A streak of energy fizzed through my body. I thrashed my tail and, as they disappeared, sped behind.



If you like reading flash, you might also enjoy the ‘Tasters’ section on my website where there is a variety of 100- and 200-word pieces:

Helen Laycock | Fiction in a Flash


Author: helenlaycock

The tiniest detail can spark off an idea. I collect them, like butterflies. They can be strange or beautiful...and, as they flutter around, I pluck them out and use them to write. Sometimes they turn into poetry, sometimes into stories, but a lot of them have grown into something much bigger - books. I have not yet decided whether I am a children's or adults' author as I write for both. So, I'll just call myself a writer.

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