Friday, 4 July 2014

A Quiet Thought

I have been catching up with posts from National Flash Fiction Day. It's taking me a while, because there was such a lot going on and so many good stories to read. I was busy with a poetry project so we didn't celebrate the day in Hartlepool this year, and as time was tight I didn't manage to join in any of the online activities either. While I was rummaging about in the many blog entries my name surpisingly popped up with a story I submitted back in 2012. I had completely forgotten about it. The prompt was the phrase "Just say yes". It's not bad, even if I say so myself. Makes me wish even more that I had managed to write something for this year.
Anyway, for your delight and delectation, I thought I would share it again here. (Spotted a typo in the original would you believe!)
If you'd like to read more flash from this year's #nffd then look here:

Just Say Yes!
She heard the question. The words were clear, the meaning quite plain. It didn’t seem to be a trick question. She hesitated, wondering. What if he didn’t really mean it? What if he was just being polite. People did that. Asked things because they felt they ought, not because they really wanted to. Or what if he wasn’t really who he seemed? He seemed nice, polite, interested. What if it was all just a front, a cover for a darker, less polite, dangerous person? Someone interested for the wrong reason. What if she said no? Would the darker person she feared reveal himself or would he just walk away? Would she regret it? Was it really worth the risk? It would be so much safer to simply say no: to walk away from him.
Inside her head one thought fought its way to the top, pushing aside all the doubts, all the “what ifs?”. A quiet thought.
Just say yes, it said.

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