Common Language – Flash Fiction

Common Language

Her early morning beach walk cleared the lingering fog in her head.  Remnants of heady passion from the night before were hard to shake off. 

Surprised to see him when she had opened her eyes.   Sunlight shining on his bronzed body.  She’d half expected him to have left without a word.  She panicked slightly, and pulled on her shirt slipping silently out the door.

She sat studying the clouds.

“There you are” she heard a voice say 

She turned.  He was walking along the damp sand towards her.  

“Why did you leave?” he asked. His voice slightly accented.

“Just looking for familiar objects in these clouds.”  she answered without thinking.

“But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky”, he said.

“Clouds speak in the universal language”, her voice a little husky. “Don’t you know that?”

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Merril is hosting D’Verse Poets Prosery Monday and has prompted us with ‘Clouds’.
We are to use the following lines:

“But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter
Against the blue cloth of the sky”

–from “Clouds” by Constance Urdang

Prosery is a piece of flash fiction no ,longer than 144 words, excluding the title.

Image by MustangJoe from Pixabay 

  22 comments for “Common Language – Flash Fiction

  1. August 19, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    oooooh. love how seamlessly you used those lines. well done!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 19, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks so much! I appreciate it ☺️💕

  2. August 18, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Your clouds are positively steamy!
    Your story makes me wonder who these two people are, and if they will see each again.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 18, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Merril. Maybe I should develop them ☺️😳

  3. August 18, 2021 at 4:59 am

    You’ve made me want to hear her husky voice! <3

    Well written, Christine!

    Yours,
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      August 18, 2021 at 8:24 am

      Thank you David ☺️💕

  4. Helen L Dehner
    August 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I found myself sinking into your prose .. not wanting to leave. Very nice.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 18, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Helen! ☺️💕

  5. August 17, 2021 at 11:58 am

    So lovely and romantic Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Di ☺️🌺💕 I’m happy you liked it.

  6. August 17, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Enjoyed the details in this!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2021 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much Tricia! ☺️💕. Maybe one day I’ll expand these scenes write a short story. I do enjoy Monday Prosery.

  7. August 17, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Oooh! I love this, Christine! 😊❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2021 at 8:06 am

      Aww thanks Punam ☺️💕🌺

  8. August 17, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Great story Christine. You’ve captured the feeling perfectly and used the prompt so well.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2021 at 12:26 am

      Thanks so much. I really appreciate that Sadje ☺️💕🌺

      • August 17, 2021 at 2:21 am

        You’re welcome

  9. August 17, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Smoky and intimate prosery that I enjoyed reading very much, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2021 at 12:25 am

      Thank you Lisa. I’m happy you enjoyed it ☺️💕

      • August 17, 2021 at 12:28 am

        You’re welcome <3 🙂

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