March 18: Flash Fiction Challenge – One Year Later

Charalie’s Carrot Ranch 99-word fiction prompt:

March 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that takes place a year later. It can be any year. Explore the past year or another significant passing of time to a character. Go where the prompt leads!

I crack my eyes open and reach over to switch off the alarm.

Sitting up, I rub the sleep from my eyes, and instinctively pick up my phone to check my messages.

The first thing I notice is the date.

A year. It’s been a whole year, since you went.

A whole year since you last told me off for grabbing my phone, first thing every morning.

A year I’ve cried myself to sleep.

I smooth my hand over your side of the bed, an indent no longer obvious.

But the indent in my heart.

That will never fill.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Charli Mills
    Mar 24, 2021 @ 03:49:59

    A sad modern love tragedy. The “other” in a relationship has become the phone.

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  3. Jennie
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 15:10:18

    Very moving, Ritu!

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  4. thereluctantpoet
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 15:21:21

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:

    Come Enjoy This from Ritu

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  5. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 14:52:32

    Thank you for not mentioning toilet paper itself, Sis! Lol Its horrible thinking how many toilet paper rolls were collected like stamps. 😉 Have a wonderful Sunday! Michael

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  6. willowdot21
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 10:01:06

    Very sad story Sis, beautifully written 💜

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  7. Books & Bonsai
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 09:17:12

    Reblogged this on Books & Bonsai.

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  8. Norah
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 08:04:02

    Beautiful story. Funny (not) how reaching for a device replaces reaching for a person.

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  9. Chel Owens
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 05:59:38

    😥 People leave large spaces behind.

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  10. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Mar 19, 2021 @ 23:26:20

    I want to hug this person

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  11. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Mar 19, 2021 @ 22:12:36

    So moving

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