Unlit Sticks

Flash Fiction by K. S. Moore.

The tractor scores bright lines in the field.  Four bales of silage already loom, great barrel-shadows with a sheen of their own.

Tractor.I hide behind glass and a dark house that has brought out the black in me.  It is June and I’m about to light the fire. The house needs a fire. It’s old, heartless, permanently on pause. I assemble the timber. The phone rings.

I wonder whether to wash my hands.  So many creatures in the garden . . . I’d be a fool to think they hadn’t scurried over my kindling.  I worry about the germs spreading, imagine them skipping from my hand to the receiver, leaving a trail of risk.  I’ll wipe it later.

“Is Mrs Wall there please?”

I’m not a Mrs, I’m a Miss, so I shake my head until I remember to speak.

“There’s no Mrs Wall here.”
“Are you sure?”
Of course.

I hang up, turn on the television.  It releases a jangle of sound and I wonder why I even own it. It’s not as if I need the company.  I have Lana.  She turns her key in the door.  Clicks into place.

“Any phonecalls for me?”

I shake my head.  This house has taken all my words.  I cannot find them, even as she runs from a rotten marriage.

“I thought . . .”

I never discover what the thought was.  It is lost as her handbag slips from her shoulder to her wrist, triggers a sigh and sit down at table.

Neither of us makes tea, meets eyes.

The fire is just unlit sticks.

© K. S. Moore 2014

Note: I hope you enjoyed reading this piece of flash fiction.  I decided to post it in honour of National Flash Fiction Day, this Saturday, June 21st. 
Photo credit: TumblingRun / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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K. S. Moore is a Welsh Poet and Writer, based in Ireland. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword and Crannog.Online magazines: Nutshells and Nuggets, And Other Poems, and Ink Sweat and Tears have also featured poems. Meanwhile, flash fiction and short stories have been published in FlashFlood, Metazen, Number Eleven and The Bohemyth.K. S. Moore has been shortlisted for Flash Mob 2013, Blog Awards Ireland and 99 Fiction. She has performed at Waterford Writers' Weekend, Waterford Winterval and Swansea's Dylan Thomas Festival.


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