This week I’m using 15 random prompt words for my Flash Fiction Friday story scene. I got one word (hamburger) from the comments of last week’s post, and 14 words (screw – conduct – degree – square – print – clever – existence – boot – famous – crack – hungry – hands – ignite – stiff) from a random word generator (screenshot below).
This week I wrote another random standalone scene, unrelated to any of my existing publications or returning flash fiction characters. I think it might be my shortest non-drabble to date, coming in at only 244 words:
“Screw that,” Andy said. “I’m hungry. Let’s go get some hamburgers or something before we get on any more rides.
“The line’s not going to get any shorter, you know.” Grant stood stiffly with his hands on his hips, tapping one gleaming ankle boot on the asphalt, and one eyebrow hiked up so far its very existence was in question, since it was out of sight behind his—admittedly long—side-swept bangs. Grant was famous among their circle of friends for his over-the-top theatrical conduct. “And I can’t stay late, I’ve got to get up at the ass-crack of dawn for work tomorrow. Boss-man from hell doesn’t care that today’s St. Patrick’s Day.”
“But I’m so hungry, I could…” Andy’s gaze landed on a strikingly good-looking man with green-streaked blond hair who’d just gotten into the line in question, and his attitude took a sharp one-hundred-eighty degree turn. It wasn’t a guarantee, but there was a good chance the guy was gay, wearing a shirt with rainbow lettering printed on a black square, stating, “He who is born round won’t die square.” Which was a clever Sicilian proverb meaning people don’t change their fundamental nature. So, yeah, the rainbow lettering was a clue. “Actually, come on. Like you said, it’s not getting any shorter.”
Grant’s eyes about popped out of his head. “What the hell ignited a—oh.” He turned and started walking. “Just because you saw him first does not mean you have dibs.”
Leave a prompt word in the comments, below, and I’ll use it in next week’s Flash Fiction Friday post. One word per commenter, please, up to 15 total.
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8 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Prompt Word Ficlet – March 17, 2017”
Threesome! Threesome!! 😀
My word contribution is “disappointment”, because a long awaited album by a favorite band released today, turned out to be a big disappointment.
Ha! I hadn’t thought of that, but it would certainly be a great way to continue this scene! <3
Sorry you were disappointed by your favorite band, but I can have some fun with that word. 🙂
Yes, it would be a perfect way!! 🙂
Although if one of them is to end up with feelings of “disappointment,” should I continue this next week, that might work out. 😁
I kind of regret my word now 😀
Perhaps they can be disappointed because he’s from out of town, and it can only be a one-time thing?
Or they’re disappointed because he’s not interested…so Andy and Grant end up comforting each other? 😀
Who knows? So many possibilities 😀