Flash Friday Guest Post: The Reality in Dreams

As the knife plunged,  the dream dissolved. I awoke to a dark room. Before I turned, I felt a knife against my chest, exactly where the stabbing had taken place. I squinted at the shadow that was over me. I reacted quickly to the blade drawing blood. I jumped and punched my attacker. A fistfight ensued. I kicked him when he punched me. As I battered him, he tripped. He took  me with him. We scuffled, profanity streaming.

I moaned. Someone flicked the lights and my attacker fled. I saw a shard of glass protruding from my chest. Everything fades.

FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

This story was submitted by bookspirit99, a faithful reader and regular commenter on our blog.  Leave her some feedback!


6 thoughts on “Flash Friday Guest Post: The Reality in Dreams

    1. Originally I was thinking that he died, but I suppose it makes more sense to have him wake up again in a hospital. When I first re-read my story here, I felt it was much more choppy and unprofessional compared to the rest of you. Somehow you manage to hold back on words but convey the same ideas with flowing sentences. Thanks for the comments though!

  1. Pianomikey, I had the same closing thought – is this character going to wake up again (perhaps in the hospital this time)and have to figure out what happened?

    I particularly liked some of the verbs in this piece -“plunged” “dissolved” “battered” etc.

  2. Take one more vote for another awakening next. I wonder if a story could be told with a series of awakenings — part would be separating the dreams from the realities, of course, but if done well it could introduce some good mysteries.

    Now, why is someone attacking with glass? And who flicked the lights on at the end — is it friend or foe?

    1. There was no one attacking with glass. I tried to portray that when the two fell, the narrator fell into a glass table and stabbed himself, but didn’t feel it until the fight was over. I was thinking that a benevolent force flicked the lights–like a family member or a friend. I suppose they could take the narrator to the hospital.

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