|"Yes, Flash! Flash Fiction. It's not about you.|
Well, not all of it," said the sultry princess
Then the answer came.
Nik Perring's Flash Fiction - An Online Course
When I don't have anything daft/interesting to say on this blog I can write some daft/interesting flash fiction. I'm a genius.
In case you are some cave dwelling hippie, flash fiction is fiction (obviously) that's really short. Not many words. Some people probably take it to the extreme and tweet it.
So I signed up to the course and last week I completed my first assignment, part of which was the short, short story that is below.
So moving swiftly way from the edges of stalkerdom, here is the first bit of FLASH! AHHHHH fiction I've written. It does not feature Flash Gordon, sadly. Though he may appear at a later date.
Here's the story. Just here. Bit nervous, like. It features me and Lauren.
“I think you’ve missed all the major themes.”
I look up from the story at Lauren. She’s sat there, wide brown eyes looking back through curly black hair, head turned slightly away from me, corners of her mouth dipping slightly. They do that when she doesn’t want to upset or hurt me.
“What do you mean?”
“You don’t mention her sadness, her ontological insecurity in this situation—”
I squint, nostrils flare; all the danger signs.
“You made that up,” I say, smile and shake my head. There were way too many syllables for me to understand.
“It’s when…” Lauren pauses, watching my face, reading it. “Maybe you should look it up.”
She thinks I’ll shoot the messenger.
My fingertips trip over the keyboard and I’m reading about it, on Wikipedia; a source of truth as undisputed as the early Catholic Church. Yep, I definitely don’t understand this.
“Hmmm,” I finish reading and look at Lauren.
“What’s it say?”
“Insecurity that things will change, I think.”
“So yeah, she’s insecure that her lover—”
“I’ve only got one sentence to summarise it.”
“Oh,” Lauren says, and sticks her bottom lip out. I look back at the story.
“I’ll just say she’s sad.”
So there you go. If your interested in Nik's course you can find out about it here.
I'm thinking of decorating every bit of flash fiction I do with pictures from Flash Gordon. It's the future.