Flash Friday – Tin Cans


A seven year old boy sits in the dry grass of his front lawn.  In his lap rests an open tin can, a length of string trailing from it, terminating in another can lying in the dry grass.  He twists his lips one way, then the other, then lifts the can from his lap.  He speaks into it.  “Hello, this is Tommy.”

He puts the can to his ear, rolling his eyes toward the unhandled can on the other end of the string, lying in the dry grass.

“Hi Tommy,” says a voice in the can. “It’s nice to talk to you again.”

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!


4 thoughts on “Flash Friday – Tin Cans

  1. I like this. Like the best pictures that simply open up the imagination, you’ve laid out a scene that could go so many ways. Does that voice threaten? Is it an imaginary friend? Perhaps some fae are playing a prank. It could be anything — and you entice the imagination in just the right way.

  2. I like it. Isn’t that just how a little kid would think – just filling in the other end of the conversation? Jon is right – it could go so many directions from here.

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