#TuesFlashFicTrain has a new home!

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Hello hello!

So it has been quite some time since I’ve done anything for this flash prompt series. A combination of being overwhelmed with work and just not having the time to dedicate to it led to its being neglected. However, I have good news for those of you hoping it would come back! The Flash Fiction Train is reborn!

If you’ve been following my social media, you’ll know I’ve been doing some work with the wonderful people of Our Write Side. Well, that’s where the Flash Fiction Train is headed next! Its new home is on Fridays as part of Our Write Side’s writing prompts. Though it has a new home, it’ll still be hosted by yours truly 🙂

So, head on over to the link on Friday and check out the new rules & prompt. Looking forward to seeing you there!

As always, think happy thoughts!

 

#TuesFlashFicTrain – R5-W4

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Hello hello!

I knew I jinxed myself when I said I was on a roll. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what happened. I do, however, partially blame my cell phone’s reminders that seem to have magically stopped working. It’s the worst.

Before going any further, be sure to read parts one, two, and three in order to continue the story!

So this story has taken quite the twist, and I want to keep that going. For this week, the phrase to include in your continuation is “Curiosity killed the cat.” When I was a kid I was never a huge fan of that phrase, being curious myself. But then I learned the second part: “But satisfaction brought it back.” Do with that what you will, but be sure to keep the story interesting and pick up where we left off! I know you won’t disappoint 🙂

Remember, keep it under 400 words, continue last week’s piece & submit your response in the comment section below. Don’t forget to include your twitter handles and/or other social media links for promotion! Submissions close on Friday @ 11:59 PM EST – tell your friends!

Questions, suggestions? Check out the rules in more detail and/or drop me a line!

As always, think happy thoughts!

#TuesFlashFicTrain R5-W3 Winner!

Prompt Winner: Stacy Overby

Stacy

Happy Monday!

So I really, really dropped the ball this round. Things have gotten a bit hectic and I’ve neglected this prompt series. I’m hoping to finish up this round, and then will be going on hiatus until I can get things in order again.

First things first, though! The only reason we are able to continue moving forward is the awesome Stacy Overby! We continue this story thanks to her great writing and imagination, so thank you for participating and taking time out of your day to indulge my writing prompt 🙂 I know I’ve said it before, but you rock!

Be sure to check out parts one and two before moving on to part three!

Happy reading!


Mark took a deep breath.  He headed down the steps; his heart threatening to choke him.  Mark fished out his pocket flashlight, keys jingling from the ring.  At the bottom, Mark froze.  On the bench lay an old man.  He had newspapers for blankets, but his cleanliness struck Mark as odd.  At the man’s feet a scarf coiled into a neat pile.  Sienna’s scarf.

Rushing thoughts crowded his mind.  Mark strode over and snatched the scarf.

“Where did you get this?” his low voice bounced around the abandoned station, “What did you do to my sister?”

“Settle down, son.  You’re barking up the wrong tree.   I ain’t involved in your sister’s mess.”

“But you know about it.  And you have her scarf.”

“She lost it down here.  I found it.  Knew someone would be coming for answers.”

“What happened?”

“Found the reason the subways were abandoned, I reckon.  She still alive?”

Mark blinked several times, feeling as if the man slapped him.

“Yes.”

“She’s the first, then, in a long while who survived.”

“Who are you?  What are you talking about?”

The old man grinned.  Perfect white teeth peeked through the bristling grey beard.  He stuck out his hand, “Patterson.”

Mark took the proffered hand and, shaking it, noticed the neatly trimmed nails and lack of dirt that belied the dingy coat sleeve.

“What are you doing down here?  I don’t believe you’re a bum looking for a place to sleep.”

Patterson nodded, “Observant.  Good.  I keep an eye on any broken gates until they can be repaired.  I try to keep people out on account of the thing down here.  Don’t always work, though.  I think it calls people down sometimes.”

Mark ground his teeth and balled his fists, “But what is it?  And if you’re watching it, how did my sister get passed you?”

“Like I said,” the old man sat up, an air of authority settling over him, “We don’t really know what it is.  No one has ever gotten a good look.  Seen enough to know it’s no known creature.  The bodies left say so, too.  Ain’t right, the way they died.”

“And my sister?”

“Got passed me because there are two open gates.  Was trying to watch both at once until Jackson got here.”

Mark nodded.

“To be frank, I wonder why your sister survived.  She’s the first in over twenty years.  Maybe ever.”


Wonders abound! What strange creatures could be down there, and why did they lead Sienna into the subway? This story just gets better by the second and I can’t wait to know what happens next.

Be sure to visit Stacy Overby and tell her how amazing she is all over social media:

Also, check out her website. Looks like there are quite a few cool stories to read and she has her own flash fiction contest series! She’s in the process of transitioning to a new site, so here’s both:

Feedback, comments, questions? Check out the rules and/or drop me a line. I’m always looking to make the contest better and I’m open to any suggestions you guys may have.

As always, think happy thoughts!

#TuesFlashFicTrain R5-W3 Extended!

Happy Tuesday!

So I kind of dropped the ball last week with promoting the prompt. Usually, if no one submits, I just come up with a new one and move on. However, I hate letting a good prompt go to waste (not to mention I’m feeling a bit lazy this week) and I really liked last week’s.

That means we’re trying again!

To refresh your memory, the prompt is the following:

Barking up the wrong tree.”

You get to use that phrase to continue this round’s story. Be sure to check out the previous parts (listed below) before tackling the prompt!

Part One

Part Two

Remember, keep it under 400 words, continue last week’s piece & submit your response in the comment section below. Don’t forget to include your twitter handles and/or other social media links for promotion! Submissions close on Friday @ 11:59 PM EST – tell your friends!

Questions, suggestions? Check out the rules in more detail and/or drop me a line!

As always, think happy thoughts!

#TuesFlashFicTrain – R5-W3

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Happy Tuesday!

I’m on a roll this round with getting posts up early! Yay me! Somehow, I need to figure out how to bottle this kind of discipline so I can store it for when I need it the most. I even got some writing done last week – this kind of productivity is unheard of, so let’s hope I can keep it going.

Speaking of keeping it going, let’s keep this round of #TuesFlashFicTrain going strong! Before you check out the prompt below, be sure to catch up on the story in parts one and two.

To the prompt!

We’re coming onto the halfway point of the story already – can you believe it? In the interest of keeping things interesting, let’s throw a bit of a wrench into the works. Last we left the story, Mark is venturing into the subway system to find out what happened to Sienna. In the next installment, I want you to somehow include the phrase, “Barking up the wrong tree.” How does he encounter this phrase? Or do we jump back to Sienna? It’s completely up to you – let your imaginations run wild!

Remember, keep it under 400 words, continue last week’s piece & submit your response in the comment section below. Don’t forget to include your twitter handles and/or other social media links for promotion! Submissions close on Friday @ 11:59 PM EST – tell your friends!

Questions, suggestions? Check out the rules in more detail and/or drop me a line!

As always, think happy thoughts!

#TuesFlashFicTrain R5-W2 Winner!

Prompt Winner: Stacy Overby

Stacy

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend!

This week, Sienna’s saga continues, and we learn a little bit more about her background thanks to Stacy! Using the prompt, she seamlessly pulled us into the next part of the story and adds a little more to the mystery of what happened to her. As always, Stacy has delivered a great piece to keep the contest going. Stacy – you rock!

Be sure to check out part one before reading on.

Enjoy!


“What?  No!  I rode the train here!”

“Miss Morineau.  That simply is not possible.”

Sienna backed away from Mr. Sieverson shaking her head.  Her mouth kept moving, a silent protest dying before birth.  Then she collapsed.

 

“A penny for your thoughts, dear,” she said, her voice soft in the sterile air.

He shook his head, “I don’t know, Mom.  Why would Sienna have gone down to the subway?  What happened to make her believe someone was trying to attack her?”

“We all wish we knew those answers,” she paused, biting her lip, “Mark.  Be honest with me.  Did Sienna do drugs?”

“No, Mom!  You know her family’s history.  There is no way she would use.”

The beeps and chirps filled the silence growing in the room.  Sienna lay unmoving.  Tubes and wires sprouted from her body like a fungus.  Mark knew most of it monitored her, making sure she continued to live.  The doctors had not been able to figure out what happened.  Why she would not wake up.

Mark surged to his feet and paced the room.  He wanted to punch something, break something.  Something had to give.  An idea struck him.  Part of him knew it was a bad idea, but he had to do something.

“Mom.  Don’t leave her.  I’m going to go down to the subway.  Try to figure out why she was there.  What may have happened there.”

“Honey, I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“I know, Mom.  I have to do something, though.  This is the best I’ve got.”

Mark strode out of the room.  He made his way out of the hospital and down the street to the nearest subway entrance.  Locked.  How had Sienna gotten down there?  He knew there was another subway stop a few blocks down.  Locked as well.  Mark rattled the gate and cursed.

A thought occurred to him.  Maybe Sienna had not gone into the condemned subway system.  No one believed she had been running from an attacker.  Maybe the untruth in all of it was the subway.  If that was the case, though, where had the subway ticket found in her purse come from?

Mark had one more idea.  Sienna had been coming from her apartment when this happened.  He headed to the subway stop nearest her apartment.  His heart sunk.  The hasp on the gate was broken.  The door cracked.  She had been down there.


What will Mark find in the abandoned subway? Who knows! It’s up to you guys to decide, so give it a shot! Here’s to a story that gets better and better each week 🙂

Be sure to visit Stacy Overby and congratulate her all over social media:

Also, check out her website. Looks like there are quite a few cool stories to read and she has her own flash fiction contest series! She’s in the process of transitioning to a new site, so here’s both:

Feedback, comments, questions? Check out the rules and/or drop me a line. I’m always looking to make the contest better and I’m open to any suggestions you guys may have.

As always, think happy thoughts!

#TuesFlashFicTrain – R5-W2

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Happy Tuesday!

Is it just me, or did last week fly by? It feels like I never took a break from the prompts, and we’re just going right along as we always did.

Before checking out today’s prompt, be sure to read yesterday’s winner post – Stacy has set us up with quite the mystery, and it’s up to you to unravel it!

Prompt time! If you read last week’s post, you’ll know that I’m not going to give a theme or idea, but a phrase you’ll need to incorporate into your piece. This week, the phrase is “A penny for your thoughts.” I’ve always liked that particular idiom, so there you have it! The story is still young, so let your imaginations roam – I can’t wait to see what you make of this mystery.

Remember, keep it under 400 words, continue last week’s piece & submit your response in the comment section below. Don’t forget to include your twitter handles and/or other social media links for promotion! Submissions close on Friday @ 11:59 PM EST – tell your friends!

Questions, suggestions? Check out the rules in more detail and/or drop me a line!

As always, think happy thoughts!