Flash Fiction: Burned, a 250-word short story

His blood called to my blood like a magnetic current. No matter how much I tried to fight, I couldn’t escape his pull. My body moved towards him without my permission. My chest felt tight and my heart raced as if trying to explode out of my chest.

I stood in front of him shacking slightly as he surveyed my nightdress with his shining golden eyes.

He was a strong and powerful delantie, blessed with earthly powers far superior to any other being in existence and still young at 240 years. I was an ordinary 24-year-old human female.

He gave me a look that was dark and deep with desire and I knew the pure bliss that was to follow. But I wasn’t going to make it out of the night’s visit unscathed, I never did.

The more we were together, the more I burned for him when we were apart. I was terrified of the consequences of our union, a union I’d only ever known to end in death, usually for the human when their body was shredded by the earth power realised by the delantie in the heat of the moment.

I woke up the next morning, naked and alone, feeling even more hollow then the time before. But I had made it through. I knew that the burning need to be with him would begin building again. I knew that he would appear again and so the cycle would continue until he had burned me up completely.


2 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: Burned, a 250-word short story

  1. Hey Sarah! Wow, those first two paragraphs are really powerful – what a brilliant opening!

    I think I’ve seen you mention ‘Flash Fiction’ before … would you care to elaborate? I’m intrigued ….

    • Thank You 🙂

      I’m a big fan of flash fiction, I find it much more enjoyable to write than say it’s older brother, the short story. I really got into Flash Fiction when I came across the Friday Fictioneers, a group who use a photo prompt each week to create a whole story (as in with a beginning, middle and end) within 100 words.
      Rochelle runs the group if you want to check it out. https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/1-april-2016/
      It’s heaps of fun, but I hardly every manage to enter these days 😦 but I’ll get back to doing it every week once I finish my TAFE course :-).

      A short story is generally agreed to be anything under 7,500 words. I’ve seen flash fiction listed as 500 words & under and 300 words & under. With 150 words & under listed as micro fiction, sudden fiction, micro story and postcard fiction.
      I just call anything under 500 words Flash Fiction, simpler that way, no micro mumbo jumbo.

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