Friday Flash Fiction

Sandra Crook

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“Like sand through an hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives….” Thus opened a soap opera that reminds me of my childhood. My mother never watched them, calling them nonsense and pap. I took a short foray into them in High School when it was cool to watch All My Children.

This hourglass looks like a hybrid hourglass/sundial device. I’m not sure how it works, but it’s certainly intriguing.

Word count: 101

Days of Our Lives

“Mom! Where are you?” Ellen stomped around the house. Her mom knew she needed a ride to the mall.

“MOM!” Exasperated, she saw the keys on the hook. She’d be 16 soon. Why couldn’t she drive herself?

Her mother was always saying time was relative – whatever that meant. Why couldn’t she be like normal mothers?

Ellen battled the nerves in her belly. Nothing to driving, really. Easy as falling off a log.

Peeling out, her last view was her mom frantically waving her arms. Glass splintered and time shifted on impact as the final grain of sand slid through the hourglass.

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© Erin Leary

29 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction

  1. So typically hasty teenager, very real. Sometimes I wonder how I made it that far, looking back at my own idiocies. Good, sad story.

  2. Oh, no! How tragic. It happens in a split second. I thought your description of the crash was really effective. I remember those soap operas. Mine was General Hospital. I loved the bit with Luke and Laura.

  3. My mother loved soap operas and had two or three favorites she watched religiously.
    If your story was a soap opera episode, Ellen would be in a coma for two or three years and then awake in perfect health, but with a severe case of amnesia. This will give you plenty of time to work a love interest into the story line. 🙂
    Great use of the prompt, Erin.

  4. Good story but sad ending. Of course, not every story can have a happy one. I remember that soap opera. I go back further than you and seem to remember it being on radio first. My mother didn’t watch many serials but liked that one. Well done, Erin. — Suzanne

  5. Great story… love the build-up, the thought processes of the teen. Though a sad ending, this was very well-written. All of my friends watched All My Children.. I preferred Dark Shadows 😉 Ha!

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