Flash Friday: The Thirsty Walls


Every day she had to paint the wall because it never stayed the same color. Behind Eliza lurked empty cans of marigold, amethyst, and cobalt. Today she tried cranberry.

One healthy pink hand slashed the pigment onto white plaster. One frail gray hand held the bucket.

She spun when she heard the cough.

Paul slunk into the room. “I know it’s some big project, honey. Like all your projects. But we miss you. Come home. Please.”

“I can’t.” Her eyes darted to the wall. “The wall drinks every drop of pigment. And it doesn’t stop there.” She held up her gray hand. “I need to sate it.”

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!

7 thoughts on “Flash Friday: The Thirsty Walls

    1. You know, I think it would be fun to write a story in German. I mean, we could still do it in 110 words, but it would take up ten times as much screen space to tell it!

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