Flash Fiction is back on Romance Writers Weekly! Jenna Da Sie set the challenge this week:
Write a 500 word or less flash fiction using the words TURKEY, RAIN, and TRAMPOLINE.
If you joined me from A.S. Fenichel, welcome! Here’s my contribution. Enjoy!
Ella stepped back and surveyed the tiny kitchen. Everything was ready. A ham was in the oven, the potatoes were boiling, the broccoli casserole warmed up and waiting in the slow cooker. Serving bowls and platters were lined up with military precision on the counter, labeled with their purpose—devilled eggs, pickles, ham, potatoes, salad. She washed all her prep dishes and put them away, and the table was covered in a festive orange cloth and set with her favourite dishes.
The handprint turkey her nephew, Ethan, had given her hung in pride of place on the fridge. Soon he and her sister, Sara, would arrive. It would be their first Thanksgiving without Ian, and Ella’s emotions bounced like ping-pong balls on a trampoline. One moment she was glad the abusive jerk was finally out of Sara’s life, the next she was angry at how Sara was mourning his loss, an instant later guilty that she couldn’t sympathize with her sister’s grief. Too much to drink and a rain-slick road had taken that monster out of her life. It had seemed like providence to Ella. It was a nightmare for Sara.
The phone rang, indicating someone at the main door of her apartment building. She took a deep breath and went to let Sara and Ethan in.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Then, be sure to hop over to Leslie Hachtel to read her story!