November 17: Flash Fiction Challenge


In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that is told around a campfire. It can be a bonfire, burning trash can, a fire pit, something flaming outdoors. It can be a prop, and you can tell the story of anything — ghosts, ancients, jokes. Who is gathered and listening?

It had been an exhausting day, a lot of trekking, we were tired and thankfully the tour leader organised dinner. We sat and ate in stupefied silence as the night settled round us. My three other trekkers wanted to sleep. Seemed a reasonable request until we heard a roar like none we’d heard before. It was just off to our left. We huddled unconsciously closer together. The next roar seemed just beyond the circle of light from the fire. No one spoke. We looked into the dark. Thoughts of rest slipped from our minds. There was a collective gulp.


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24 Responses to November 17: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. …and then a single satisfied burp 🙂 Endless possibilities with this one!

  2. Annecdotist says:

    Nicely scary, Michael, BTW, are you in Morpeth Northumberland?

  3. Suspense Michael! Terrific.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    Not the sort of fire one expects on a good trek! Your Aussie firefighters saved our hides in 2015 when I still lived in the inland Pacific Northwest and all was encircled. Great take on the prompt!

  5. Lyn says:

    Good one Michael. Don’t think I want to know what caused the collective gulp.

  6. Lyn says:

    Michael, you and your friend Jane are as bad as one another 😀

  7. Campfires lend themselves to spooky and knee jerk reactions to noises in the dark beyond. Good one.

  8. Deborah Lee says:

    Tired they may be, but will they sleep now? lol Nice spooky little flash.

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