My caldendar shows that it’s Wednesday again so time for some inspiration and new words. The theme for #1lineWed is **DELUSION** and the prompt for #ThursdayThreads is “You know why I’m here.” Today’s snippet is short. I usually embellish what I worked up for the prompts but I didn’t get around to it this week so what you get is the 250-word flash fiction. It’s hard to tell a story or show a scene in 250 words. Try it sometime. 😉 Anyway, I’m not going to set this up for you. You’ll just have to roll with it.
Meg wrapped the towel around herself but used one corner to wipe steam off the mirror. She looked…haggard. Unsurprising considering she’d spent weeks getting out of Ukraine. At least she was in shape now. A rueful laugh escaped. Turning away, she marched over to the bed. A small pile of clothes was neatly stacked there, provided by Duke’s beautiful wife. Evidently, once she’d gotten word they were safe, she’d gone on a buying spree. All the kids had new clothes.
She shook out a long skirt and admired the bright colors and silky feel. There was a blouse that went with it, and a shawl. This was date stuff. Like going out with the man of her dreams stuff. Yes, she was delusional. They’d landed. She and the kids had been herded onto a small bus where they’d gotten checked by doctors, fed, and then placed in these barracks. She hadn’t seen Kin in twenty-four hours.
Folding the outfit carefully, she set it aside, choosing soft fleece pants and a pullover instead. There’d be no dates for her. The mission was over. She’d be flying out in a day or two—once she made sure all the kids would be taken care of.
Her door opened on creaky hinges and she whipped around, holding the clothes in front of her like they’d protect her. Yeah, right. Nothing would protect her from the man standing there.
“You know why I’m here,” Kin said.
Okay, maybe not so deluded after all.
There you have it. Writers, feel free to do some free writing with one or both prompts and share if you dare. Readers, your question of the day is, “Are we there yet?”–whoever we are and there is… 😉