As I mentioned last week, I am determined to get back into the swing of things with my Flash! Friday entries. For the first time in longer that I want to count, I've actually managed to write for this contest! Check out my attempt below, and don't forget to share your #FutureFriday post!
Flash! Friday has switched over to a new format, with 200-word stories (+/- 10) incorporating both a story element and a photo prompt. This week's element is the theme "a fleeting moment," in a story based on this photo:
All In My Mind
I can still remember the last time. The clouds parted, the downpour paused, and light peeked through.
I don’t think of the date. How much time has trickled past, swept along in the perpetual flood? Puddles ooze around my feet, pulling as I try to move away, to hide. No refuge in sight, they convince me to stay, to sink.
Soaked through, I’ve forgotten warmth, but there was a moment. The brush of sunlight seeped through the press of fabric, lightening the wet weight that drowns me. In its rays I caught a crisp breath, a lie refreshing my lungs.
An exhale later the rain resumed. It always does. A mist, a sprinkle, a drizzle, a shower, grow into a deluge, sealing me in, rooting me to the spot.
Any spot, every spot. A step here or there, even if I could take it, would change nothing.
In the distance sometimes, a haze flickers beyond the water. As I blink away the drops clinging to my lashes it disappears.
I’ve long ago learned to ignore the illusions, the deceptive glimmers of hope hovering beyond my reach.
But it touched me, once.