April 20: Flash Fiction Challenge – Emily’s Navel


April 20, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a navel story. It can include a belly-button, feature an omphalos (geological or cultural), or extend to navel-gazing (used in meditation or to describe excessive self-contemplation). Go where this oddity leads you.


The class had been going for some time before Dash woke up to gazing at Emily’s navel. Navel’s fascinated him and Emily had the most alluring navel he had seen.

It was an innie, outies he found somewhat gross, though he knew it was no fault of the navel owner.

But Emily was caught up in her pose, oblivious of Dash’s attention.

He wanted to reach out and stroke it with his finger, feel the soft smooth folds of skin. The instructor’s strident voice woke him to reality. He stored away the memory and took up his required pose.


Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2017/04/21/april-20-flash-fiction-challenge-2/

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19 Responses to April 20: Flash Fiction Challenge – Emily’s Navel

  1. floridaborne says:

    I’ve heard of a “leg” man (or other parts of the body that attract a man), but never a navel man. That’s either very creative or very disturbing. 🙂

    (BTW: A fun take on the prompt)

  2. Lorraine says:

    Perhaps she had a novel navel, or Dash is going to write a novel about her navel. Has your computer become shy of discussing body parts? Oh dear!

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Great response, Michael! I like where this led you…to a navel connoisseur. The framework of a yoga class works well to hold the story, too.

  4. MC Clark says:

    A navel man…now I’ve heard it all. Great piece of flash fiction, Michael.

  5. I love this interpretation – navel-gazing at another’s navel…serious and light all at once. My first read took me to an art studio class where Emily and Dash were nude models. No idea why. 😀 But yeah, I can definitely see yoga upon second read.

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