‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021.’ Week #42. @pursoot #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingPrompts #WritingCommunity #shortstory #microfiction

Here’s Suzanne Burke’s ‘Fiction in a Flash Challenge 2021’ Week #42.

I did another 99-word story for the picture below.

Photo by Marka Merka on Unsplash


The delicate porcelain clock trimmed in gold had stopped running at exactly 4:08 a.m.—when I took my first breath.

“You were my miracle.” Mother would say, dusting the clock no one was allowed to touch.

Now it sits on my mantel. My grandson tried to fix it, but the motor, and the clock’s arms, wouldn’t budge.

Today I woke up feeling unwell. I picked up the phone to call my doctor when I heard a gentle ticking. The clock was running.

Then, everything disappeared into a golden glow, and I found myself gathered in my mother’s arms again.

27 thoughts on “‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021.’ Week #42. @pursoot #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingPrompts #WritingCommunity #shortstory #microfiction”

  1. Very nice, especially considering the restricted word count. I found myself wanting to add a word here or there, and then I remembered–nope, 99 words. And you encapsulated an entire life into it. Go you. : )

    1. Thanks, Cathleen. I wanted to add those words too. It’s tough, but I’ll keep working at it until I don’t notice that too. I’m enjoying getting as much as I can into that limit.

    1. Thanks, Jacqui:) Is “Grandfather Clock” as story or poem? I haven’t heard of it or forgotten about it if I had.

  2. You nailed this one beautifully, Denise. The circle is complete. Thanks so much for taking part again. I have just shared this on my blog. 😊

  3. A lovely story, Denise, and a bit of a twist to the clock stopping and starting again. Sort of the opposite of what we’d imagine, as if the true life is outside the body. Very creative take on the prompt!

    1. Thanks, Diana:) Yes, we would imagine the clock moving during our lives. But if it moved on after it could very well be when it really begins. Xo

    1. Thank you, Mark 🙂 I wonder if your song is the same as Jacqui’s “Grandfather Clock.”

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