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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Owl and the Compass (Flash 55)

With bloodied hands and twilight gathering, he lost himself on a road without name. Gnarled roots of ancient hemlock clogged the ditch like Gretel’s wood, and the dashboard compass spun like a weather vane. A shadow separated itself from the spinning dial and buried itself in his neck.  An owl watched from above and blinked.


The above is flash fiction in fifty-five words for the G-Man. Visit his site for more Flash 55's, and if you write one, let him know.

TGIF and Good Friday to you all.

Happy Easter.

22 comments:

g-man said...

Yvonne...
Far from being trite.
Mysterious and Dark is always a favorite of mine.
You have been sorely missed.
Loved your Magnetic 55
Thank you for this perfect Flash Fiction
And have a Kick Ass Week End

g-man said...

And I'll have a Kick Ass Canasta!!!

TALON said...

Yikes! this was eerie and spooky and fabulous!

Happy Easter, Yvonne! I loved your 55 and the owl watching.

anthonynorth said...

Excellent eerie mood to this.

Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

That was really beautiful. My bit is just silly.

Jinksy said...

Sheesh - dark and mysterious!

izzy said...

Just love the story and so well told!
thanks-

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks. You are such a fine host. I've missed joining in. There just aren't enough hours in the day. You are like the definition of home: when you show up they have to take you in. Have a good one...and a Canasta!

Talon,
Thanks so much. I think owls are the bomb!

Anthony,
Thank you. I'm glad you like it.

Tempest,
Thanks! And you should let others be the judge of that. I'm on my way...

Jinksy,
Thanks. Yeah...I don't know what came over me.

Izzy,
Thank you!!

Alice Audrey said...

What happened?! I want to know more about the shadow that buried itself in his neck.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Alice,
Ahh...that's the problem with 55 words. Maybe I should do installments! Thanks.

Anthony Duce said...

This is completely enjoyable. The images created here are great.

Other Mary said...

Ohhh - how perfectly Poe-etic Yvonne! You're created a wonderfully spooky 55. I want to know what happens next!

hedgewitch said...

Love the fantasy-mystery and the ominous tone of your 55, Yvonne.

manicddaily said...

Yikes! Wonderful short scary tale. Thanks. k.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Tony,
Thanks!

Mary,
Thank you. I must say...I'm not sure!:)

Hedgie,
Thanks! Maybe I can write fantasy afterall.

Kay,
Thank you so much!

Searching for the Story said...

Flash fiction is great but such a tease!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

In the blink of an eye. You got to the harrowing heart of it.

Hope your weekend is bright and cheery! Happy spring to you, my friend.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Ethan,
Thanks for commenting on my little ff55. Flash is inherently a tease. I love it/hate it. Happy Easter!

Tricia,
Thank you! And Happy Easter to you dear buddy.

Summer Ross said...

That was a great opening line!
~Summer

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That is all sorts of creepy.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Summer,
Hey, thanks!!

Diane,
Thank you! I don't often write creepy. I kinda liked it!:)

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

Very spooky and scary. Between this 55 and the next one, I'll be staying out of the woods.