Posted: March 29, 2013 in dark, fiction, writing
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FlashFiction Prompt lamps

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other Flash Fiction Friday postings at:


For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, the flame can only linger a short while.

Here’s my contribution:

According To Plan

The thing about magic,” Sophie shared while setting two oil lamps upon the table. She produced a lighter, brought life to one and repositioned the hurricane glass.

…not the slight-of-hand stuff, I mean the real thing…” She exhaled a kiss against the glass and the flame shimmered. “Pay attention.” Sophie began to blow and the flame quivered, then, simply snuffed out.

With a finger snap another flame licked to life in the second vessel, only this conjured tongue cast thick shadows.

…it doesn’t always go according to plan.”

The shadows melded.

And sometimes, it does.”


  1. unspywriter says:

    Kinda makes you wonder what those shadows melded into. Good story.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/doom-and-gloom/

  2. Parul says:

    Quite nice.

  3. 40again says:

    Hi JK
    Dark story, magic tricks, great take on the prompt, enjoyed it

  4. Marisa says:

    This was adorable. Great take on the prompt!

  5. A fine magical story you have here.

  6. elappleby says:

    Love this – especially the ‘conjured tongue’ – great stuff 🙂

  7. Beth Carter says:

    Ooh. Loved this. Very descriptive and well done. And since my daughter is a professional dancer and a magician’s assistant in L.A., I especially loved your take on this prompt!

  8. Looks like romance to me. I blame Rochelle. Still, the prose was great.

  9. A little bit of magic grabs everyone’s attention – well done

  10. Shreyank says:

    I used a magical angle in my story as well.. 🙂

  11. As usual, your story’s beautifully written. I enjoy the way you left us wondering what really happened, whether what we saw was what really happened. Since she was talking to someone else (or so it seems), I felt that other person in some way was made to meld with her. But then again, who knows? It’s magic.


  12. Sarah Ann says:

    Really enjoyed this. Love the idea of her demonstrating her magic and it going according to plan.

  13. Dear JK,
    You have a strong voice that’s easy to read. This piece is vivid and visual. Nice job. .

  14. Sandra says:

    I think that click of the fingers may have summoned up something more than just a flame. Nice one.

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