I don’t know how much many of you know about Flash Fiction, but I was truly amazed when I started reading pieces from this catagory of writing. Look at it as writing in minature form, if you dare. Under a 100 words or so, one can compose a fun, quick read that usually leaves you with a “gotcha” at the end.
Once group of writers, me included, decided to try our hand at flash fiction, using visual aids to prompt us. I didn’t include the pic here because I’m so afraid of copyright infringement. But imagine this, if you will: Visualize an old tree that begins to separate into two parts at the trunk, then sinks it’s roots deep into the ground. If you stand back and look long and hard enough, you see that it kind of reminds you of a naked lady. I chose this pic as my inspiration, and I came up with the bit below:
He stared hard at the crotch of the tree for a long time. The more he gazed, the more the division of the trunk reminded him of a graceful figure of a woman . . . his woman . . . with her thighs parted just enough to tease. Smiling, he stood there, remembering how he’d first made love to her under this same tree, her head cradled in his hands as he held her close. Like the tree penetrating the yielding soil below, the hardness he’d born between his thighs sought shelter in the warm, dark haven within her. Since that time, he’d longed to return to this magical place of transformation, where friends became lovers. They’d made a pledge to keep this spot sacred, coming here only when one desired total union with the other. No words would be spoken except from the heart. Now she joined him!
I kind of liked it, as did my other fellow writers. The gotcha at the end is a little more subtle, but I thought it was there, nonetheless.
So tell me what you think about my piece, and if you’ve read flash fiction in general, how do you like it? Do you like the twist at the end? Do you like something more soft and thought-provoking?