#Flashfictionchallenge – Death does not come

Charli Mills from Carrot Ranch Literary Society has challenged the writer group, in 99 words (no more, no less), to write a story about a character who looks back. It can be a metaphorical reflection or a glance in the rear-view mirror. Who is looking back, and why? Go where the prompt leads.

Death does not come

When I look back over my life, I note that I am lacking in one experience. Death. This greatest leveler of them all has always passed me by unscathed.

I heard it, like a rabid dog, whining relentlessly outside my door during a home invasion, when the car was hi-jacked and while I was perched precariously on the edge of a cliff as a child.

It barked madly for attention during my childrenโ€™s lives when one stopped breathing, another had croup and throughout the twenty-eight anaesthetics and operations they collectively undertook.

It always slunk away, tail between its legs.

You can join in the challenge here: https://carrotranch.com/2019/01/04/january-3-flash-fiction-challenge/

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31 thoughts on “#Flashfictionchallenge – Death does not come

  1. Have you ever wondered if you’re only experiencing yourself as alive because you haven’t died yet in this universe, and that there are other universes where the antibiotics didn’t work or you wrecked your car? This poem is making me wax metaphysical…

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