Flash in the Pan


Sitting in the closet, she counted slowly. 147 – 148 – 149.

The flashlight shone off the silver and copper coins. 154 – 155- 156.

Not many more and she would have enough. 171 – 172- 173.

She shook the last ones in her hand. Would she have enough? 198- 199- 200.

With a satisfied smile, she slid all the coins back into the sock and tucked it into her left shoe. She put out the torch, crept from the closet and crawled into bed.

She drifted off to dream of her desire: a double-scoop, chocolate ice cream cone.

Welcome to “Flash in the Pan”

After a significant number of dark and frightening flashes, tonight’s lighthearted entry comes in at 83 words against the August limit of 100. This week’s word isΒ desire.

Everyone interested in playing along with FTP need only pick one of the featured words, write a flash (staying under or at the maximum number of words for the month), and link back to the post where the word is featured. If you would like to get ahead or catch up, the words are posted on the Flash in the Pan page where your flashes will be linked. (Check out the early entries for this word there.)

Flash in the Pan will be a quarterly publication compliments of Redmund Productions. All entries will be published. Deadline for this edition is 30SEP12. Entries must be linked before 2359 EDT (GMT-5). All non-WordPress users need to email their links via Ask Momma.

Happy Flashing!


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  1. Laurie

     /  August 26, 2012

    I had no idea until I got to the end, but I’m kinda slow these days.


    • Laurie

       /  August 26, 2012

      I’ll wake up later, that’s not the way that was supposed to appear.

      • One of these days, you are going to pick a blog so the CommentLuv button will work…You will get your choice of ten because you are registered. Email me which one and I will change it on this end πŸ˜‰

  2. I had no idea about the desire until the end. Cute, but I was disappointed that it wasn’t scary, or gross. But that’s just me. πŸ˜›
    Wendy Reid recently posted..My First New CarMy Profile

    • I have some in the later running which will be more up your alley. I had to do some to balance out some of the other work going into the FTP. It appears most of us enjoy embracing our inner darkness for flash!

  3. Loved this flash! Well done, surprise ending! “:)
    raymond alexander kukkee recently posted..Flash Fiction: DesireMy Profile

    • I thought I may shake it up a bit. Was just really craving chocolate, as it were πŸ˜‰

  4. I figured she was counting coins, though I didn’t know for what. An chocolate ice cream cone is a good goal.

    If she’s wearing that shoe with all the coins in it, it’ll be an awfully tight fit.
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  5. Awww. So sweet! πŸ™‚

    Remind’s me of when my God daughter and her siblings were small!!! πŸ™‚

    Love and hugs!


  6. I’m loving reading these entries Red and I see Rayond has got the bug. Very imaginitive. Wishing you a great week – Sue
    Sue Dreamwalker recently posted..Be At One with Yourself~A PoemMy Profile

    • He and Laurie both! I bet you would do well with the words…Glad you stopped by, Sue. Have a beautiful week! <3 xxx

  7. Ice Scream!!!

    Not a clue, but why not.

    No love today by the way. πŸ™

  8. it was too creepy of a beginning to have it be a creepy end. Something in the middle / end clued me it was a child.. the sock? and I didn;t think ice cream right away. I was thinking donuts πŸ˜‰
    Much Love
    Lizzie Cracked recently posted..Magpie’s Treasure; DeLight in This ChildMy Profile

  9. aw…I really like your flash. I didn’t predict the ending at all. Great Job Red πŸ™‚

    I have done 2 flash stories, and it was really a challenge. So hard to write in so little words. I want to join…maybe I can a story on my turtles πŸ˜‰

  10. I had no idea what she was dreaming of until the end, Red.
    Although now I’m feeling inspired to start counting a few coins myself!
    *Om nom nom!*
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    • No doubt. I miss the ice cream man. I have not seen one the entire time I have lived here. Pity. I think it is a wonderful thing for children.


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