Here’s the latest batch of tiny stories for this month’s 30 Words, 30 Days challenge. It’s hard to believe the month is winding down and it will soon be May. I hope to return to your regularly scheduled programming of flash fiction, writing tips, and recipes soon.
Day 19: Stranger
Have you ever seen a stranger on a bus and just known in some core part of your being that in another world, at another time, they could’ve been everything?
Day 20: Guest
She’s got a hoar-frost vibe and a forced smile that feels like sleet driven horizontally by an east wind. You might be the guest, but she didn’t extend the invitation.
Day 21: Ideology
It’s giving true crime podcast. It’s giving Tay-Tay’s Reputation era. It’s giving mainlining PSLs [ironically] and Kendall cutting cucumber. Her ideology is nobody gives a schnitzel anyway, and it slays.
Day 22: Adjacent
There’s a restaurant adjacent to the old Super 8 that serves up heart disease on a plate with coconut cream pie for dessert. Rumor has it the coleslaw there has more than just Miracle Whip to credit for its tang.
Day 23: Ritual
It’s become a hallowed ritual, watching you each day. I see you from my window, just from where you park, until you disappear around the corner onto Main. 37 steps.
Day 24: Clique
All Penny’s friends told her the lake-trip was cancelled; their snapchat stories soon revealed the truth. No longer glossy enough to be included, she planned a surprise for her replacement.
Day 25: Initiation
A pair of drinking-fountains, porcelain streaked with rust, still adorn the hall —paint peeling, shabby linoleum. Climb tread-bare steps in fading light to spend the night alone with the whispers.
If you haven’t already, give it a go and post a 30-word story for me in the comments. C’mon, it would make my day!