Voices #flashfiction

March 5, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about Clarice. She can be any Clarice real, historical, or imagined. What story does she have for you to tell? Go where she may lead!

Having decided to follow the cat, Sophie came to a grinding halt when the cat stopped and turned around to face her. “Clarice isn’t who you think she is,” echoed a voice in Sophie’s head. But who was Clarice?


Turing the handle of his hotel room door, Mike let out another almighty sneeze. “Clarice, are you in there?” came a voice from the other side of the door.


Two floors above, Doug’s eyes flickered before suddenly opening. The familiar face of a woman peered down at him. “Hello, Doug. I’m Clarice. How can I help you?” asked the woman.

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Image credit: Charli Mills

Written in response to the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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27 thoughts on “Voices #flashfiction

  1. Another twist! Yea, I still like where this is going. But now you have a few more characters to juggle, Hugh!

    May I suggest you include the entire prompt of Charli in these posts as well, like you did in your previous post explaining your writing process? You put those few sentences in a boxed text and it helped me (and maybe others) understand more what the weekly prompt is about and how you used it in your flash fiction.

    1. That’s a great suggestion, and one I will do going forward, Liesbet. To be honest, I did think about it while writing this post, but I wasn’t sure it would work. Now you’ve suggested it, I’ll start to include it.

      Thanks so much for mentioning it.

      1. Yay. Thanks, Hugh. I should have mentioned it earlier, as all the reader knew (without hopping over to Charli’s site) was one word in your title and the photo when scrolling to the bottom. Usually, I figured out from the comments where “Rainbow” and “Clarice”, etc came from. This will be so much easier and explanatory. 🙂

    1. That’s such a lovely compliment about Charli and me making a great team, Donna. I’ve been participating in her 99-word flash fiction challenges for about 4 years. Not all the time, but when motivated to do so.

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