Friday Flash Fiction

Courtesdy of Sandra Crook
Photo Courtesy of Sandra Crook

This rooftop reminded me of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow.  I’ve been looking at photos from my travels as I put together a photo book, and my thoughts went immediately there. I am certain the election results are shaping my thoughts as I write this. Worry is the word of the day as things change here in the US. I worry about my son, living in the shadow of Russia. I worry about my daughter and the lessons this election has for women. I worry about my son, who is a part of the queer community. And I can’t help but feel sad about what is now at risk.

I apologize to Sandra for taking her happy photo and making it an icon for my angst. Things will get better. I’ll find a way to live in this new world and continue to shine my own light against the darkness.

Word count: 100


Weak sunlight filtered through the trees, illuminating the mosaic roof. It appeared from nowhere, an omen in this once tranquil village. Townspeople questioned what it signified.

The answer came in the form of an army marching into Lovisa the following morning. The battle was brief, and the message was clear. The west would not know peace – this new order meant change.

Watching from her attic window, Emilia wiped a tear away. The Finnish border had been breached before when she was a girl. As her granddaughter toddled into sight, her heart winced, knowing she could no longer guarantee her future.

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© Erin Leary

27 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction

    • Thanks for reading – yes, it does. I’ve spent some time reviewing the past few election cycles and agree that we have a pattern. It’s part of the process – my hope for this time is that we can get through it with minimal damage.

  1. Erin, I read your story yesterday, but held my comment until I could fully process it. I love that you share your deep concerns. It is my hope that we will be able to regroup before violence overtakes us. The reality is harsh, but I believe we can brave the days ahead together.

  2. Erin, it’s so good to see you here on FF; I’ve missed your stories and you! Your story reflects the concerns and fears, so many of us have right now. The delivery makes it that much more poetic. Beautiful!

  3. A haunting story that was beautifully written. As for the election you are not alone in your concern but I have to believe that if we are vigilant love will truly trump hate.

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