March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge – A Faultless Piece


March 2, 2017, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include slag* in a story. Slag is a glass-like by-product of smelting or refining ore. Slag is also used in making glass or can result from melting glass. It can be industrious or artistic. Go where the prompt leads.


She poured over the slag heaps looking for that piece that was the shape she required, the textures and colours needed to create the perfect article of jewellery.

Her fingers combed the debris that was left from the old iron foundry. She’d been lucky a few times in finding just what she wanted.

Many were contemptuous of her work. Said they were pretend trinkets. Gaudy, ugly fakes. She paid them no attention when they slagged her off ridiculing and jeering at her attempts to make some needed finery.  One day she’d show them when she found that faultless piece.


In our vernacular this word has another meaning:

a promiscuous woman. • a contemptible or insignificant person.

To criticize (someone) in an abusive and insulting manner: my girlfriend was always slagging him off.


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10 Responses to March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge – A Faultless Piece

  1. Lyn says:

    She’s going to find that piece one day and then they’ll be the ones with egg on their ugly faces.

  2. Yes I couldn’t help but immediately think of the other meanings of slag. Charli’s meaning isn’t used in that sense unless you work in iron and steel. Nice flash combining the meanings.

  3. Lorraine says:

    Learned new meaning for slag — and you “worked” all three into 99 words. Well done.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    Beautiful flash, Michael! I had a friend from the UK contact me with the alternate meaning. Oops! I didn’t realize that when I wrote the prompt. Yet, I loved how you took both meanings and gave your flash the depth of emotion that comes through. Thank you for the full definition!

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