Flash Fiction Friday – First Night Nerves

February 7, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes anxiety. Who has anxiety or what is the source? Is there conflict? How can you use anxiety to further a story? Go where the prompt leads!

First Night Nerves – by Hugh W. Roberts

The thought of the upcoming honeymoon caused Arnold nothing but anxiety.

What if he couldn’t perform? What if Enid, his soon-to-be new wife, demanded more? Not even the thought of Enid’s lovely, long legs helped with his anxiety.

But Arnold needn’t have ever been anxious. On the night of their wedding, Enid made him feel relaxed and comfortable. By the time the performance was over, Arnold’s anxiety had disappeared. But three minutes later, Arnold was dead.

As Enid cocooned Arnold’s hairy body, she thought about her next husband. How lucky she was to be a female, black widow spider.


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


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51 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – First Night Nerves

  1. Ha, ha! Masterful, Hugh! I imagine male black widows (wow, think about the males getting called by their murderesses) must feel anxiety up until the moment they realize why they have a weird species name.

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