Flash fiction: Wishful thinking

Lisa loves the way Jack smells. Like sawdust and starched cotton that’s been out in the sun too long. Inhaling deeply she snuggles closer to him, burying her nose into his neck. 

The late afternoon sun shines lazily across their bedspread. Jack’s legs are entwined with hers and he lies back with his eyes closed. His head rests gently in his clasped hands. Lisa’s body melts against his. Her arm lies across his stomach and she watches it move up and down in time with his easy, relaxed breath.

Lisa loves afternoons like this. Cocooned in bed, just the two of them in their own little world. Turning her head, she looks up and gives him a soft kiss on the cheek. Jack stirs and his green eyes flutter open. He smiles at her with a dozy look. 

“You have an eyelash,” Lisa says softly.

“You take it.” 

“You sure? Don’t you want the wish?” 

Jack shakes his head. 

“Nah, I’ve got all I could wish for,” he says and wraps his arm around her shoulder with a squeeze. 

Lisa’s eyes dance. 

“Oh yeah? What’s that?” She asks, fishing for a compliment. 

Jack rolls towards her now, propping himself onto his elbow. His eyes meet hers and he traces a hand down her stomach. 

“Oh you know… a beautiful wife who loves me…” he starts.

“And a wonderful home to share with her…” 

“And two amazing kids…” 

“Aw you’re so swe— Lisa starts to say. 

“— And most importantly… bacon in the fridge.”

Word count: 252

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What is Flash Fiction?

Flash fiction is a genre of fiction, defined as a very short story. While there’s no set word count that separates flash fiction from more traditional short stories, flash fiction stories can be as short as a few words (while short stories typically run for several pages).

Flash fiction is also known as sudden fiction, short-short stories, micro-fiction, or micro-stories.

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