Flash Fiction – Wilderness

So, Beyond was very well received and I was really happy with it. For whatever reason, kids playing in a way that negatively affects adults seems to work really well for me. Maybe I need to come up with a full story to that effect.

It’s crazy how quickly new ideas come to you once you’ve opened the door. I have a list of stories to write that is growing faster than I can produce. It’s like my ‘To Watch’ list on Netflix…

That said, I’m going to do one more flash fiction before getting back to my main projects. For this one, I’ve decided to go with a more mysterious vibe. Hopefully, that comes across, but I really struggled to fit this into the word limit.

Well, here it is. Hope you like it.

Wilderness

Photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

I paused beside a fallen tree to catch my breath, but even now, the song beckoned me on. Golden leaves tumbled through the air, dancing through haphazard shafts of light. In the distance, a glimmer of blue peeked between the trees, shimmering with a silver glow.

The melody swept through the forest like a warm breeze. A calmness washed over me. Before I knew what was happening, I was running again. Leaves rustled beneath my aching feet. My canteen and mug swung from my backpack, knocking together with hollow glee.

I weaved between trees, pushing past low branches, and skipping over roots. My hands grew sticky with sap and dirt while beads of sweat clung to my brow. I jerked to a stop as my backpack caught on a thicket. Without thinking, I slipped out of the straps and continued without it.

Falling leaves danced past my head. The rays of light grew, fusing into a single wall as I raced beyond the trees. The song more beautiful than I imagined possible, drew me forwards. I scanned the shore looking for its source.

She turned to face me, her long, dark hair dancing in the breeze. Her lips quivered as her song slipped free, engulfing me. Gentle eyes stared back at me, tears gathering within. She turned away and waded into the water.

I followed, stepping into the lake. Her song reached beneath the surface, embracing me as I sank. I looked up and smiled, even as my breath escaped.

5 Comments

  1. Nice flash fiction there! I liked the poetic rhythm and imagery of that story!

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Thanks, it’s been a while since I did any flash stories. It’s something I really should do more of.

      With this one I tried to keep it melodic and mysterious like the siren’s song. I’m glad that came through.

    • You’re welcome. You should give it a try again. Speaking of flash stories, have you ever heard of Talehunt?

      Nice! I’m glad your intent came through with your story.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      I hadn’t heard of Talehunt, but just did a quick google search. Looks interesting, I’ll have to have a closer look.

    • It’s pretty cool. Talehunt is like Twitter, but for microfiction. I’ve written stuff on there and have made two serials through that platform.

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