Dark Past – Flash Fiction

Dark Past

Her honey-colored hair reminded him of the late afternoon sun when he had first seen her.  She was standing at the lakeshore looking across, as if searching for something or someone.  He had often caught glimpses of her in the long shadows, always looking out at the water.  She was a visitor, not a local, he was sure of that.  He found himself timing his schedule to coincide with her afternoon walks just so he could see her again. His interest in her was almost becoming an obsession.

Attracted to the mystery surrounding her he felt those old familiar urges stirring in his body.  Resurfacing from that dark, cold place he had vacated long ago.  It frightened him.  He could still hear his therapist’s voice in his head, “Remember Robert, for beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, for the other person    

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Mish is hosting Prosery Monday at D'Verse Poets.  Her prompt tonight is:

The line I have chosen for you to include in your prose is from the poem, “The First Elegy”, Duinos Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke. You can find the entire poem here.

"For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror.”

Prosery is a piece of flash fiction consisting of no more than 144 words total excluding the title.  The piece should include the prompt line from Mish's chosen poem

  25 comments for “Dark Past – Flash Fiction

  1. August 7, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Well done, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2023 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Susi. One day I will write more than 144 words 🤣 LOL

      • August 8, 2023 at 11:27 am

        You’re welcome! Or never, that’s ok too! lol

  2. July 24, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Your prose skillfully explores the complexities of human emotions and the entanglement of past and present, making it a compelling and evocative piece. Captivating work! 🌄🌊🖋️

    • Christine Bolton
      July 26, 2023 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much. ☺️

  3. July 18, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    Oh very creepy – good write 🙌

    • Christine Bolton
      July 26, 2023 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️💕

  4. July 18, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    I would be quite interested in a continuation of this well penned piece of prosery …….

    • Christine Bolton
      July 18, 2023 at 2:22 pm

      Aww thanks Helen ☺️💕

  5. July 18, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Very engaging. The word “obsession” became the ominous turn. Yikes

    • Christine Bolton
      July 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

      Yes! If I’d had more words I would have described him 😦

  6. July 18, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Ooooo! I hope she leaves town before it’s too late. I have a feeling he won’t be able to resist. I like the way you continued the prompt line.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 18, 2023 at 11:18 am

      Yeah he’s creepy isn’t he? 😧

      • July 18, 2023 at 12:08 pm

        He is!!

      • Christine Bolton
        July 18, 2023 at 2:21 pm

        Lol 🤣

  7. July 18, 2023 at 4:37 am

    The prompt line was perfect for venturing into the dark, Christine, and I love the way you moved from the sublime to the scary, without spelling it out.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 26, 2023 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Kim , I thought I had answered this lovely comment of yours. But I might’ve missed it. So sorry and thank you. ☺️💕

  8. July 18, 2023 at 4:23 am

    Very fine, Christine. I liked the way you eased into the prompt line, pinning the other person.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 26, 2023 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you Jim. I really appreciate it.

  9. July 18, 2023 at 3:22 am

    Oh so touching

    • Christine Bolton
      July 26, 2023 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you so much, my friend ☺️💕

      • July 27, 2023 at 2:34 am

        You’re most welcome

  10. July 17, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    Oh, Christine, you followed a dark tilt on this one. They say an addict is never cured, only in recovery… I pray he resists those old urges!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 17, 2023 at 9:25 pm

      Oh I did! That line was so deliciously dark to me Lisa 😌💕

      • July 17, 2023 at 9:28 pm


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