Remote (flash fiction)

Remote

“When you said we should go on holiday, I didn’t think you meant a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere.”

“It’ll be great. There’s no WiFi, so we can talk and do things together without it distracting us.”

“What can we do?”

“We can fish,, go for walks, cook meals together. We’ll be on our own with no one else around for miles.”

“I’ve seen several horror films starting with this premise.”

“You and your horror films. I think it would be good for us to get to know each other more intimately.”

“When can I go home?”

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 99

This was written with the prompt remote provided by the Carrot Ranch August 1 Story Challenge.

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Another Year Another Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday (July 16) and that day ended just over an hour ago here. I was meant to catch up with a friend for dinner, but that will now happen tonight instead when we go out for a curry.

In the late afternoon I went to a mall and spent my last 24 dollars on the stuff in the photo above. I thought I did pretty well as I manged to get a bottle of sauvignon blanc, a dark chocolate orange, a small box of Quality Street chocolates, and a chocolate mud cake. It did help brighten my day as I was feeling a bit unloved. In the evening I watched movies and ate far too much. Though it was a quiet day in the end, I did come to enjoy it.

And at least I have a dinner with a friend to still look forward to…

I hope everyone had a great day 🙂

Just a meme I found recently….

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Late Offering (poem)

Late Offering


there was nothing to say
we were lying in bed

together no longer able
to touch for fear of

opening wounds
the dark hiding us both

like wounded animals
I still loved you, or

thought I did & then
you began telling me

how you weren't interested
in coming around to see me

anymore & that you weren't
sure if you loved me, or

if you had ever loved me
casually inserting a sharp

blade through the gaps
in my ribs & so I began

playing all my Suzanne Vega
albums one by one

knowing how much
you hated her


Joanne Fisher

Originally published in Spin 42.

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Picturesque (microfiction)

Picturesque

“You’ve really outdone yourself. This locale is wonderfully picturesque.”

“Why thanks. I aim to please.”

“We’ll find somewhere to stash the loot, and then stay in one of the lower-end hotels until it all blows over.”

“I agree, though if we end up sharing the same room again, could we have separate beds this time?”

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 54 + prompt

This was written with the prompt picturesque provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #264.

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The Journey Begins (flash fiction)

The Journey Begins

“Wow I’ve never been on a long train journey before.” she said.

“I know. Neither have I. This is so exciting!” he agreed.

“I’ve always wanted to go on a long trip like this, but never had the opportunity, until now. It’ll be just like Murder on the Orient Express.”

“Yes, but without the murder of course.” he replied.

“You never know, there might be one.” she said smiling evilly as they both boarded the train.

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 76

This was written with the photo prompt provided by Crimson’s Creative Challenge #186.

I love trains. I’ve always wanted to go on a really long train journey, though it’s not possible here in New Zealand, but maybe one day I will.

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Up and Away! (flash fiction)

Up and Away!

“Supergirl is up and away!” Jill’s been watching superhero movies lately, and now she’s dressed in a makeshift costume. To be honest the MCU and others have never much interested me, not when there is Star Wars, something Jill has never been interested in.

“Be careful!” I tell her as she runs around the living room narrowly avoiding shelves and tables.

“Watch me mummy!” Jill calls out as she runs into the backyard.

“Wait!”

“Up and away!” I hear her yell. I run out to the yard and she’s nowhere to be seen. I look up into the sky….

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 99

This was written with the prompt Up and Away provided by the Carrot Ranch April 25 Story Challenge.

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The Never Ending Story (flash fiction)

The Never Ending Story

“So I went over to Tasha’s place and we decided to go into town and meet up with Fuzz and Shev, but Tasha’s car wouldn’t start and we caught a bus, which took ages to come, so we were hella late. When we got to the bar only Fuzz was there. It turned out Shev hadn’t even turned up yet. So we had a few drinks and went to get something to eat, but Gazza surprisingly turned up, then we went into an alleyway…”

I sat there patiently listening to Janelle, wondering if her story actually had an ending…

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 99

This was written with the prompt never ending provided by the Carrot Ranch April 18 Story Challenge.

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Yodel, not Yoda (flash fiction)

Yodel, not Yoda

“What was that weird sound?”

“Sorry, I was trying to yodel.”

“I thought you were having a fit. Yodel? Isn’t that a character from Star Wars?”

“You’re thinking of Yoda, the Jedi Master who taught Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. He was also in Return of the Jedi, and the prequel trilogy.”

“Geek.”

“You did ask.”

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 57 + prompt

This was written with the prompt yodel provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #254.

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A Real Pirate? (flash fiction)

A Real Pirate?

“When I was told we were being attacked by pirates, this wasn’t what I was expecting.”

“Don’t I look like a pirate?”

“Well with the eye-patch and the parrot on your shoulder yes you do, it’s just that pirates today generally use small fast boats instead of sailing ships, and are armed with Kalashnikovs rather than cutlasses.”

“They don’t understand the romance of being a pirate.”

“Ah yes, the romance of robbing people at sea.”

“Shiver me timbers, are you being sarcastic? If you’re not careful you’ll walk the plank!”

“Oh really?”

“Mark my words you landlubber, you’ll end up in Davy Jones’ Locker yet. I mean it!”

“Ooh I’m so scared.”

“Is that sarcasm again?”

Joanne Fisher

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Uses of a Time Machine 4 (flash fiction)

Uses of a Time Machine 4

“Hey I’ve got a great idea for the time machine you’ve just built. We could go back in time and see the dinosaurs!”

“We’ve already done that. Several times in fact.”

“Huh?”

“Every time we go back and see the dinosaurs, you get stepped on by a brontosaurus, and I have to come back to this point.”

“Don’t you mean a diplodocus?”

“No, I mean a brontosaurus.”

“Surely it can’t happen every time. Let’s try it again!”

“Okay. If you insist…”

“Are we there yet?”

“Yes. Just go out the doors and you’ll see the dinosaurs.”

“Sweet! Oh look a brontosaurus! Aarrgghh!”

“*sighs* Okay, back to the reset point again.”

“Hey I’ve got a great idea for the time machine you’ve just built. We could go back in time and see the dinosaurs!”

“I seem to be stuck in a loop.”

Joanne Fisher

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