August 24: Flash Fiction Challenge – Family’s Sake


August 24, 2017, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an escape artist. It can even be you, the writer, escaping into a different realm or space in imagination. It can be any genre, including BOTS (based on a true story) or fantasy. You can focus on the escape, the twist or the person who is the escape artist.

He knew if he twisted, squirmed and then bent himself round then back he might manage it. It was a dicey move, fraught with danger, so many ‘what ifs’.

Looking around he knew this was his one opportunity. No one suspected he’d try this. No one suspected he had reason to.

To the outside, all looked hunky dory.

But he’d come to the end of his tether. It was now or never.

Life had become untenable. For his family’s sake, he needed to escape. Freedom he knew was priceless.

He knew he needed to dislocate in order to locate.


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11 Responses to August 24: Flash Fiction Challenge – Family’s Sake

  1. Jael Sook says:

    Another “wow”–so good. Escaping family sounds so horrible to people who value “family” above all else, but if one comes from a non-nurturing/dysfunctional/abusive family, then freedom is far outside their gates.

  2. I sympathize with his person who wants to flee from his family. other people find solace in family.
    the last line speaks volume .

  3. Norah says:

    Interesting that he is escaping for his family’s sake rather than his. That’s noble.

  4. Deborah Lee says:

    How we hurt our own selves in order to escape to what we can only hope is better…ouch!

  5. Charli Mills says:

    You brought the inner need for escape to a physical sense. Great take on the prompt!

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  7. That final line…Sharp! 😉

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