August 16: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Comet


August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet. You can consider how it features into a story, influences a character, or creates a mood. Go where the prompt leads.

They said if we dared look at it there could be all sorts of negative consequences. It was a light in the sky, a long way off, what harm could it do?

The first night there was a report of people throwing themselves into the sea. The second night fish throwing themselves from the sea. The third night people danced naked in the streets. The fourth night everyone slept soundly.

The comet disappeared the fifth day. In some places, there were no people, in others streets were lined with rotting fish. But everywhere people looked for their discarded clothes.


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20 Responses to August 16: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Comet

  1. Charli Mills says:

    What a brilliant tale with several odd twists. I like the fish counteracting the people who jumped into the sea, and I laughed at the final outcome!

  2. Oh, my goodness. Michael. I like the fourth night. The first thought jumps out was one year we were at Vancouver B.C. There was a Bear Jump on New Year day, people running naked on the street toward the beach and jumped into the icy water…I don’t know who watched for their clothes… 🙂

  3. Michael, this is so funny. Well done.

  4. Ha ha ha, what a quirky tale!

  5. Cute and imaginative…enjoyed it.

  6. tnkerr says:

    So much fun!
    Thanks for writing this one.

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