Often the two would fall asleep together in the yard hammock under a blanket of stars

Chloe quickly packed her bag with her papers to grade, grabbed her coffee mug and car keys, and raced out of her classroom. As the teacher left her room, she smiled at the lingering students and staff members in the hallways. The young woman couldn’t wait to get home, for she knew he would be waiting for her, and she couldn’t wait to see his smiling face and dark eyes. With just a glance, he let her know every day that she was his world. She sighed, content in the knowledge that he loved her.

Since it was a warm day, she decided to open the sunroof and windows. The spring air warmed her skin. On her drive home, she smiled as she passed the hiking trails they often walked. They both loved the outdoors, the vast expanse of prairie with its wildlife and mountain views to the south. In the evenings, they enjoyed lounging on the patio and watching the sunset behind the mountains. The Bristlecone pine scented the air, and orioles and sparrows would often serenade the two. On warm nights, they would often stay up late to watch the first stars shimmer as the skies began to darken and barn owls called in the distance. Often the two would fall asleep together in the yard hammock under a blanket of stars. Happily, she sighed. Life was perfect.

As she pulled into her driveway, she decided today would be a great day to walk the trails, and she knew he would not have any reservations about this idea. So she hopped from her car and grabbed her bag and mug. He greeted her at the door with a kiss. She dropped her bag and cup on the counter and turned to grab the leash before the happy duo headed for their favorite trail, another perfect day for the little family.

Flash fiction writing prompt:
Write about non-romantic love

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Flash Fiction

Recently, I have decided to begin writing again on a more consistent basis. In truth, I feel rusty, so I have decided to practice and dust off my composition skills. At the same time, I have decided to take some time off from my family history articles and short stories about my ancestors. I need a break. Therefore, I currently participate in the Get Started Right Writing Challenge from Writer’s Digest. In February, I will begin the Flash Fiction Challenge, also from Writer’s Digest. In the meantime, I am looking at the Flash Fiction Challenge from last year. I plan to use prompts from the previous year to help me get started on my new writing selections. So, here’s to a new year and new stories! Wish me luck!

What exactly is Flash Fiction, you ask?

While the definitions vary, flash fiction maintains three distinct types of writing. But as this writing genre grows and changes, don’t quote me! Tomorrow may be a whole new ballgame. I love, love writing!

  • Flash fiction: Max 1,500 words.
  • Sudden fiction: Max 750 words.
  • Drabble, or microfiction: Max 100 words.

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