The Beginning of the End

Photo credit: Sonya
Photo credit: Sonya

They cruised down the only paved road in town, the bed of his pick up stacked high with her belongings.

“What the fuck is that?” Pointing with his chin, he laughed,  “the town’s water tank?”

“I think it’s just a plastic ornament, supposed to resemble a Christmas tree. Probably stays up year round.” Looking from left to right, her palms began to sweat.

“Man, is it ever ugly!” Pressing on the brake, he laughed harder, “Look! The gas station is the grocery store!”

Taking a deep breath, she began rustling through her bag for her cigarettes. She had a feeling this would be the last time she’d be seeing Rick.



I wrote this story for the 46th Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW), a weekly challenge to write a ±100-150 word story based on a photo.

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  1. I think getting rid of him from her life will be the best thing she can do. He’s a drain on her positivity, and it’s obviouly stressing her out. Good story, Tracey. 🙂
    Monday is the last day of the week for this challenge, and PJ’s new prompt will be out tomorrow. If you can do it, it’s best to post your stories earlier in order for more of the community to read them. You possibly already know that, and some people do post late every time. It’s up to you, of course, when you can fit it in.
    Happy New Year – before I forget. Hope 2016 is a good one for you! 🙂

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      1. I’ve tried early and late – and by the time weekend’s gone, few people on the community are looking for late entries. The earlier the better is usually best – although I rarely manage it before Thursday, by which time lots of people have already got theirs in. Anyway, well done with your first two stories! 🙂

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