Okay, so it's not Friday, but Flash Fiction Thursday doesn't sound as catchy! I think I will make Flash Fiction a regular part of my Friday blog, though, so for once, I'm early, not late.
Flash Fiction is 5 minutes of timed writing. I use it to get the creative juices flowing. Here's today's exercise (with just a little editing).
Today's writing prompt: "Alice tried to remember who had given her the key."
Alice tried the door, but it was locked. Just one more thing that made her feel shut out of life.
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rgbstock.comHer parents died when she was 9 and she had been at the orphanage ever since. Then suddenly, last week, they had shipped her off to live with a distant relative in this big old house down south.The only thing she had been brought with her was her clothes, sparse as they were and her childhood jewelry box, which had been locked up for the 3 years she had been at the orphanage.She opened the box and fingered the skeleton key while the ballerina spun lopsidedly in place. The music had died a long time ago. How appropriate, thought Alice. She tried to remember who had given her the key, but no face came to mind.The chances of it opening a locked door in a strange house were remote, but she gave it a try anyway. She was surprised to hear the click of the locking mechanism as she turned the key.She pulled the creaky door open to reveal a rickety set of stairs leading upwards to an attic.
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I would love to read your Flash Fiction using the same prompt. Just click on "comments" at the bottom of this post, set a timer for 5 minutes and write away. You can clean it up just a little after the timer goes off, then click on "post comment" to share it with us.