Flash Fiction Friday – The Death And Life Of Bill

April 18, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about never-ending. You can hyphenate never-ending or write an example of a story that never ends. What is endless, and why? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

The Death And Life Of Bill – by Hugh W. Roberts

“Will your book ever get published?” Peggy asked her husband.

“When it’s ready,” replied Bill.

“How long have you been writing it?

“Since I was seven.”

“Seven? What’s it about?”

“Death and life.”

“What? Does it have a title?”


“Never-ending what?”

“Never-ending. That’s it.”

“Bit of a dumb title,” laughed Peggy.

7-years later, after Bill’s death, Peggy finally began reading her husband’s unpublished book online and soon realised it was his life story, but with a twist. He’d predicted his own death.

But the biggest shock to Peggy was that Bill’s never-ending story continued from beyond his grave.


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


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37 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – The Death And Life Of Bill

  1. And then there was that little twist… of course there was. One day you’ll write a twistless story and we’ll all be so surprised the shock will overwhelm us…

    1. I’ve done it a couple of times, and it did surprise many of my readers, many of whom said the twist was that there was not one. I’ll have to do it again, some time and see what reaction I get.

    1. Good to hear, Erika. It’s one of the reasons why I also changed the title from ‘The Life & Death of Bill’ to ‘The Death & Life of Bill,’ given that his story continues despite being dead.

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