January 19: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Quarry


January 19, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a about a quarry. It can be a place or include the by-product. The quarry can be operational, abandoned, it can be in real-tie or mentioned from another time. Where will the quarry take you? Go where the prompt leads.

The abandoned quarry was once the source of clay for the brick works. Today it’s a swimming hole but fraught with danger. Lots of stuff has been thrown into the quarry over the years. Now filled with water it conceals a multitude of dangers.

Every now and then a kid disappears. Sucked into the middle of the quarry never to be seen again. My mate Brian went that way. We were playing on his dad’s old inner tubes when he splashed once and  down he went.

We searched for weeks but found nothing. None of us swam there again.


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7 Responses to January 19: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Quarry

  1. Lyn says:

    That gave me goosebumps. So stark and eerie. You always do a lot with those 99 words, Michael.
    Oh my, it so reminds me of the waterholes in the bush across the road from our poultry farm when I was a kid. All the kids in the street would walk through the bush until we came to the biggest one. We’d go swimming in our shorts and t-shirts. If our parents knew they would have freaked out. There was so much rubbish in them, we didn’t dare go in without our sandshoes on.

  2. Charli Mills says:

    Such a haunting story, a life gone in a moment. Quarries filled with water look placid but dangers do lurk. Good to bring out that contrast. Have a good week!

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