FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: The Last Pickup

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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’s story tumbles through the produce aisle…

 
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“Where to now, lady?”

The driver’s voice broke in on Mary’s reverie and she gazed into the rearview mirror to see green eyes staring back at her. For a moment she couldn’t remember if there was somewhere she needed to be, something that needed her attention, and then she remembered that night with Joe…

 
“Did anyone see you?” Joe said as he helped her into the front seat of his dad’s car.

“No, they’re all watching the Ed Sullivan show so all I had to do was tiptoe out the back door like we planned,” Mary said, laying her overnight case on the back seat. Suddenly everything seemed much too real and she turned worried eyes to the boy sitting next to her.

“Are you sure we’re doing the right thing, Joe?”

“Mary, we already talked about this, remember? It’s the only way. You know how your parents are whenever they see me. And you know my father would kill me if he found out. We have no choice.”

The old Impala ate up the miles. Miles between a life left behind and a new one waiting for them somewhere across the border. She tried to stay awake but the lack of sleep the night before wore her down. Soon Mary was dreaming of baby blue skies and lullabies.

Oh, how the time seemed to fly by. A new name meant a new start and soon the days blurred into one another. Before she knew it, too many years had gone by and now the wrinkles in the mirror told her there wasn’t much time left to dream. Everyone she knew in that other life was long gone and now her own Joe had left her too. No, not much time left at all…

The taxi driver didn’t want to startle the old lady, but his shift was almost over. He really wanted to get home to the wife and kiddies. Straightening a cap that had seen better days, he turned in his seat and asked again, “Where to now, lady?”

 

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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?

 

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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), is now available in ebook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

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