Flash Fiction: The Pelican
I’ve been allowing myself all these little challenges of late. My writer responds to them and there is no good reason to think that talent, especially if it is latent (just noticed that latent has all the elements of talent) doesn’t demand exercise.
On a Low Note was a bit of that. Short, not so sweet, it didn’t start off the way it now appears. Oh it was always not so sweet, but it was long, going on for days until I thought it could fit the profile of a song or sonnet. The challenge there was brevity and pentameter, or the ten beats required for free verse.
Today’s challenge: Flash Fiction and the red letter rendition at that, since it is a matter of unrequited love.
I didn’t think prose work could be so tight. The reworking of my work has become my delight. It gives a new lease on life. It erases the fear of wondering what to write next. It re-imagines the work, never allows it to be static or God forbid again latent.
I hope you enjoy The Pelican:
Timing was everything. Birth. Death. The space between. Love apace. Flights delayed. He needed to get up and out. But you didn’t yell or run past 9–11. How to get from here to there and you? ‘Hey you… YOU!’ She was the only soul in a crowded room that didn’t give a damn! She ran.
© Tynisha C. Leon 2012
What are your thoughts? Are you up for a flash fiction challenge? If so, post up! And if not (yet), what kinds of challenges has your writer been engaged in? After all, writers should always be engaged in good conversation.
P.S. Check out my friend and fellow writer Mariah’s Flashy offering here. I do believe she’s working it!
ABOUT THE WRITER
Hi there, I’m Tynisha C. Leon, writer, West Indian, mango-lover, founder and Editor-in-chief of DASHEEN magazine — the online destination where culture feeds imagination. Join the culture chat on Facebook and Twitter! If you’d like to contribute, drop me a line here, I’d love to read/see your unique views! Bless up!