|image by Capture Queen via flickr, adapted by me|
Janet Reid, literary agent extraordinaire, giver of excellent advice, and Queen of the Known Universe, hosted another of her flash fiction contests! I highly recommend watching her website for them. Flash fiction contests are a fun way to be creative and practice economy in writing. My story, which I wrote because I was sick on Saturday and couldn't concentrated on revising my current work in progress, made it to the group of nine finalists out of 104 entries!
Participants were allotted a maximum of 100 words to write a complete story. This time, the following words had to be used:
Here's mine! Hope you enjoy!
"I love you," he'd said.
And I love him.
Who wouldn't want to marry a time traveler, to see the world and all the times?
But after ten near-death experiences, after tears of frustration at trying to make new-fangled technology work, I finger the bangle of my bracelet—the heart-shaped one linked to his time travel dongle. Take it off and his next trip will whisk him to 2134 or 1077, while I remain home in 1786.
Deep breath. Clink. The tiny heart hits the saucer. I'll stow it away forever, in some dark place, like my cowardly, real heart.