Now on Tuesdays…at least for the foreseeable future…welcome to Flash Fiction Tuesday. In case you don’t know what flash fiction is, it is an extremely short story (sometimes created in 100 words or less) with a beginning, middle, and an ending.
But in my case, I write flash fiction with an open ending. I allow my readers to draw their own conclusion as to what happens. This week I’m keeping things on the cool side by walking on thin ice…
After endless days of forcing a smile to hide behind, it was finally Saturday. No more phone calls. No more questioning eyes hiding behind the morbid interest in how she was doing. Tillie absent-mindedly tossed a pair of skates into the back of her car and without thinking, drove to the water.
The sun was out, the temperature a chilly 22 degrees, and the surface of the pond perfect. Neighborhood kids shuffled onto the ice for a quick game.
Tillie slowly skated the edges of the pond and dug her toe pick into the ice every few feet, stopping just long enough to catch her breath before pushing herself forward again. Tears froze on her cheeks as she slowly circled the kids ignoring her. The doctors said she would never walk again but she proved them wrong. They said she would never skate again but they couldn’t keep her down for long.
They didn’t understand her driving need to be here. She would live on the ice if she could; throw a bedroll in the shed sitting at the edge of that pond and grow old here. Michael’s scent still lingered in the air. They both learned to skate on this pond. Shared their first kiss here. Planned to conquer the Olympics together. There was even a time when she thought they would be married right there in the middle of the ice.
But the accident changed all that.
Changed the dream of a possible gold medal. Now it was just her, the fight to piece together a shattered dream, and the ice.
Now it’s your turn. What happens next? Who was Michael? What happened to him and to Tillie? Join in the fun and add a comment below…
Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of Lunadar. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.
But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.
With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of Lunadar at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?
International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy) from Story Catcher Publishing ebook edition is now available at Amazon and other online retailers, with the print edition coming out late fall 2018.