Dec. 21: Flash Fiction Contest – Giving Hope.


December 21, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include white flowers in your story. This is a repeat prompt, but one that has an ability to be emotive. Humor, drama, irony — go wherever the white flowers lead.

The weather had been unbearably oppressive with day after day the temperature climbing into the low 40Cs. Up early I would water the plants committed to keeping them alive even though around them the grass of the lawn died off under the relentless barrage of the sun.

It seemed a futile hope that anything might survive the harsh climate and I resigned myself to starting again once the hot days passed.

Then one morning as I desperately watered I looked down and saw a tiny white flower on my struggling capsicums.

That single white flower filled me with hope.


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15 Responses to Dec. 21: Flash Fiction Contest – Giving Hope.

  1. Lyn says:

    It’s a lovely feeling when you see the flowers emerge on our veggies, isn’t it 🙂

  2. milliethom says:

    I love the way you use that single white flower as a ray of hope, Michael. Sometimes, even the tiniest thing can lift our spirits and motivate us on to better things. 🙂

    • Michael says:

      Yes exactly. At present I have tomatoes growing in more than plentiful supply such that I can’t give them away….so I made tomato relish which has turned out more sauce than relish, but tastes great.

      • milliethom says:

        Good for you, Michael! I’m sure your tomato sauce is delicious. We have much the same problem with our excess of tomatoes (and other crops) in the summer. Most people in our village have vegetable gardens and giving foodstuffs away is impossible (and our freezer id bulging at the seams). Still, the pleasure of growing things is worth it.

      • Michael says:

        Most definitely. Its a thrill to see them so prolific with little help from me, apart from water.

  3. Colleen Chesebro says:

    Lovely that emergence of hope! ❤

  4. Life always finds a way…and so do we, as long as we don’t give up. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Michael.

  5. Norah says:

    Nice! A familiar scene to me also.

  6. Charli Mills says:

    Ah, that one flower can be so uplifting, and often others follow, and perhaps fruit. All we need is one blossom. Harsh climates have much to teach us about hope. A good one Michael. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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