100 or Less: Shards

It began with music.

No words: she could never concentrate on writing whenever someone spoke. It was a symphony, something by Beethoven that swooped through the air and fluttered in her ears.

Her back was to the living room, the study door open, and she typed away, inspired by the melody, focused on weaving together a story unlike anything she’d ever written before filled with tension and fire and a beat all its own.

A hand wrapped around her throat, yanked her out the chair, and dragged her into the next room.

Her eulogy began with music.


Don’t forget to share your own 100 words or less flash fiction below!


10 comments on “100 or Less: Shards

  1. Oh why not 🙂 Here’s mine – 97 words

    He cursed under his breath, a sharp pain shooting through the bottom of his bare foot. A cursory glance at his feet revealed hundreds of minuscule glass pieces, the remains of what used to be his favorite wineglass.

    He cursed again and looked towards the couch where his roommate was sitting. “What the hell, man? Are you gonna clean this up or—“ he closed his mouth abruptly upon the realization that something wasn’t right. Ignoring the pain in his foot, he moved closer and touched his friend’s shaking shoulder. “What’s up?”

    Then he saw the gun.

    • Wow.

      I really like the imagery, and now I’m curious to know what exactly happened. Was there some kind of fight? Is he planning suicide or is he upset at his roommate over a disagreement, which is why the wineglass is broken? Or is the glass broken because he’s been drinking?

      So many questions! So much for someone to assume, yet some assumptions are too obvious.

      Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • It’s fun 🙂 I’ve never really tried doing prompts before, and keeping it under 100 words is really challenging. I’ll keep an eye out for more of yours!

  2. OOOHHH spooky but wonderfully done. I don’t know if I can sit at my desk at 3am anymore without looking over my shoulder.

    100 words

    The pain was beyond comprehension. It was like shards of glass violently ripping through her body. It came out of nowhere and the shock of it always threw her off guard. Unfortunately she wasn’t able to control her reactions since she didn’t know ahead of time when it would strike. That is what bothered her most. She could pretend all was well with some of the pain she dealt with. She could remain calm by biting the inside of her lip or cheek and smile. No one would know but when this shredded her insides she could not hide it.

    • Thanks, Linda. 🙂

      As always, your submissions get my imagination going. What is going on in this woman’s body? Seems like this pain is something she’s accustomed to (“it always threw her off guard”), but what exactly is happening to her is a mystery.

      I’m glad you’ve been sharing your writing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this week. 🙂

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