Priceless Joy hosts a weekly picture prompt, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Inspired by the photo prompt, contributors write 100 to 150 word stories. When I first looked at flash fiction and stories as short as a hundred words, I thought I could never write so concisely. But to write big, you should start small. If I can tell a story in less than 150 words, perhaps then I can write a story of 150 pages. (I hope)
This is my contribution to fffaw, week of May 27:
She had never seen a sky so blue. It hurt her eyes to look up into the heavens.
So, she watched the chapel. Waiting. Thinking. Could she do it?
Could she walk up those stairs, cross the threshold?
Could she sit in the confessional booth? Priest listening to meter due punishment.
She fingered her rosary – her mother’s rosary. The beads were polished by years of sweat and tears.
She stood. In measured paces, approached the chapel door. With a slight push, it opened.
Into this stain-glass world. Into this holy site. Into forgiveness. Into absolution.
“Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I helped my mother die with dignity.”
word count: 110