Sombre Expressions : Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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This weeks Flash Fiction is :

Sombre Expressions

Simon gazed from his vantage point and waited patiently.

Such an idyllic scene. A large whitewashed house, nestled into the tall trees. A garden secluded by mature shrubs that stretched to the waterfront. A small boathouse almost hidden by the boats in the harbour.

The calm water and the absence of wind fed his state of torpor

The ringing of his mobile startled him from his reverie.

“Simon! You bastard! You crazy motherfucking bastard!”

He could see Arabella in a frenzy, shouting behind the patio windows in the house opposite. Her free arm gesticulating wildly.

His undertakings suddenly felt divinely worthwhile.

“I’m glad you like it”, he said in a calm and controlled voice.

He had ordered every surface black. The walls, the ceilings, the furniture and the fittings. When his team were unable to use a brush they had sprayed.

They’d been meticulous and systematic. He was pleased.

“Shit faced …”

“Enjoy it darling”, he interupted; pocketing his mobile.

Turning, he got back into his limousine and was driven away.

Here is the guide :

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Tuesday to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Tuesday.

3. Please credit photo to photographer

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.

5. Pingback to the challenge post in your story’s post.

6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.

7. Add your story to the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button). If you need link-up instructions, please email me at

8. Remember, half the fun is reading and commenting on each other’s stories.

16 thoughts on “Sombre Expressions : Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. He must have been very angry at Arabella. They say revenge is sweet. And, he certainly seems to be in a good mood. LOL! I really enjoyed your story. Great story Graham. Nice to have you back and hope you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you for participating in FFfAW challenge!

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  2. A great read, Graham. I love the way the hilariously outraged voice of Arabella on the telephone contrasts with the idyllic scene you set at the beginning. Simon’s cool charm is equally funny. Black humour, shall we say?


      1. Hmm. I’ve never really done a travel blog type post before but I’m open to suggestion 🙂 I’ll look at the travel blogs and try and get some ideas!

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      2. If you have plenty of photos, you’re half way there. I enjoy doing travel posts – and everyone does them in their own way. Newfoundland sounds really fascinating. Please don’t think I’m trying to push you into this – I just wondered. 🙂

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