Five Sentence Fiction – Flowers

Five Sentence Fiction – Flowers

skull flower

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He squinted in the bright light reflecting off the Lake of the Damned. He lifted his hat and tucked his hair as he worked his way down towards something that caught his eye. A skull, twisted and grotesque, afflicted with some ancient malady, lay atop a decayed cloth. He pulled the flower from between her teeth and put it between his so he could use both hands to open his bag.

He heard the click too late, damned to join her forever.

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Author’s Notes

I figured most people would use the “flowers” inspiration to go for funerals or loved ones. I went with a fantasy/adventurer approach. Then I found that skull flower picture and had to go with it as inspiration.

 

Discussions

  1. gotmeghan

    I really liked this. You went with another way of writing about flowers and used skulls! I liked it, it was really fun 🙂

  2. Tempest Nightingale LeTrope

    I love that image, and the story fits with it perfectly!

  3. Steve Husted

    Thanks! The skull flower is creepy but really did make for a fun story.

  4. Freya

    Fabulous photo inspiration and great story!

  5. GILLENA COX

    very different, story and image compliment each other well; have a good Sunday

    much love…

  6. Eena

    I wonder if it’s a never-ending cycle. Thanks for encouraging my imagination 🙂

  7. Patricia

    Eerie and imaginative.

  8. Steve Husted

    re:Eena yes, I hoped that came through. I rewrote it several times to convey that, but had to leave it at a teaser because 5 sentences is such a (sweet) limitation.

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