The Six Easy Guidelines

  • A photo prompt topic is to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Wednesday morning.
  • Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog.
  • All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  • Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.
  • Once you have your post complete, create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. If that is not an option for you, add your post’s link in the comments section. It is the desire of this blog to become a flourishing writing community.
  • Plan a day to visit the writings of our challengers to enjoy our creations and to provide a little positive feedback.

    To say Doris was a bookworm would be a gross understatement.
    She had been deaf and mute since birth, so once the world of wonder the library held had been opened, she almost exclusively lived between book covers thereafter.

    Although she was adept at reading lips and speaking sign language, at 20, she had never been outside of her small town. Doris had lived a totally secure and sheltered life.
    Her parents were encouraged, by doctors and friends, to send Doris on a tropical vacation, and against their instincts, finally asked a professional interpreter for the deaf, Polly, to escort her. Doris was thrilled at the prospect.

    As Doris sat, tucked inside a book on a beach in Indonesia, Polly ‘signed‘ she was going for drinks.
    Moments later, a man rushed over seemingly asking for help. Doris furiously ‘signed‘ waving her hands in response to a foreign language but he didn’t understand. He must have been important because when he mistook it as an assault, the police immediately dragged her away!
    All Polly recovered were Doris’ glasses and books and no one nearby ever admitted seeing where she went. Pleas to the government went unanswered.

    She was never found.

    (199 words)

    Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2021: Week #19 | A Writer’s Community (wordpress.com)


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