January 23, 2023, prompt: Write an optimistic story in 99 words (no more, no less). Feel free to explore optimism in all its forms, from a positive mindset to toxic positivity. Is it a heartfelt story or a devious one? So much wiggle room for the optimistic writer. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.
Futures – by Hugh W. Roberts
Jackie was optimistic that she’d see at least one more Christmas. She wasn’t going to allow a dodgy heart to beat her.
When her mother’s last days arrived, they celebrated Christmas in February. Her mother’s wish was to celebrate Christmas optimistically before she departed this world.
Everyone was shocked when Jackie’s heart finally gave up in April when Jackie joined her mother on the next adventure.
In December, Jackie’s husband celebrated Christmas with his new wife. While her optimism for never getting caught for what would be a triple murder gathered momentum, she knew she had the best sanguinity.
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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26 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Futures”
An optimistic murderer, how lovely. Jackie’s husband won’t see valentine’s Day, will he?
Well, not where he is now. But on his next journey, he’ll probably see it again.
Optimism with a toxic twist. Nice.
I always love your twist endings Hugh!
Well, that’s one way to escape the law`!
Unless the law manages to catch up with you.
Wasn’t expecting that at all. 😊👏🏽
Good to hear.
Twisty, twisty, Hugh, love it!
Brilliant Hugh. Like everyone else, I didn’t expect the ending
I’m always happy when readers don’t see the twist coming in my flash fiction, Brenda.
Wow, a veritable murderer’s row of victims!
Yes, and all in a row.
Ooooh what a good twist! KL ❤️
Is the essay I post here or on my blog? I want to try this.
Publish your response on your blog and pingback back to Charli’s blog. On her blog, you’ll see where you can submit your entry too.
Wow – unprepared for that one, Hugh. Well done.
Wow, and hear you had me again with an unexpected twist!
Good to hear, Erika.