Yup, it’s flash fiction time again! As always, this is based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It’s a great exercise for writers – writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a “small” task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer’s block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate!
You can also read and hear the rest of the entries (and vote for your favorites) at the 100 Word Stories podcast site!
I put my arm around the girl’s shoulder, guide her toward the funhouse door.
“Daddy, I’m not sure-“
“It’s fine, pumpkin.” The endearment is ash in my mouth. “Nothing bad can happen to you in there,” I lie.
“Mommy hasn’t come out yet- “
I bite the words off. “It’s fine.”
“Daddy, you’re acting funny, like that Star Trek episode where they came from a para… para…”
“One, please,” I shout to the figure at the funhouse door and push the girl toward him.
She goes to her doom, and I rub my newly-bare chin, thankful this dimension invented razors.