Tapping #flashfiction

March 12, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes tapping. You can play with the sound, make it an action, or create something unexpected. Tap a story and go where the prompt leads!

Doug watched as Clarice tapped her long fingernails onto the cover of a hardback book she carried. He could tell she grew impatient with him while waiting for his response.


Two floors below, Mike froze to the spot. He’d not heard the name Clarice mentioned for years. The faint sound of tapping broke his concentration.


While Sophie wondered who Clarice was, a tapping noise behind her forced her to spin around. Her eyes met the rear view of a woman who tapped her fingers on a book while standing over the body of a man Sophie thought she recognised.

Click here to read the first part of this story and follow the links back to this part.

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 “Tapping #flashfiction

    1. Thank you, Susan. I have now created a document with each episode. I’m looking at a way to publish it on my blog so that people can read the whole thing rather than each blog post. I think I’ve found a way of doing that.

    1. I hope you enjoyed them and that all the links worked, Teri? I’m putting the whole thing into one document which I am considering publishing as a page on my blog. From there, readers will be able to read the entire story so far, rather than each post.

  1. Brilliant, dear Hugh! I absolutely love your writing! To be able to stir up some of the ‘fraidy-cat’ in me with only 99 words is great! Well done! Cher xo

      1. You are a wonderful writer, Hugh! Crafting a story in 99 words wouldn’t be something I could do, I’m certain of it! But you have clearly mastered it! Cher xo

    1. Thanks for the idea of adding the prompt description, Liesbet. I now have the ongoing story in one document. Currently 1,043 words. I made a few slight changes to some of the episodes from the blog post, but it doesn’t change the story at all. Once it’s finished, I will publish it in one go (unless it’s become a book).

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