Summer has quickly brandished its fire breathing head. Though, I must admit, this summer has not been as excruciating as some June/July days in the past. Usually by this time we have started the count down to how many days in a row we reach the hundred degrees. It is not a fun game. Being fully immersed in summer time, the heat is on everyone’s mind. How to stay cool, how to avoid sunburns, how to avoid an extremely high electric bill with the AC running full blast…
Part of my summer goals are to get back into the swing of writing (and blogging) on a normal basis. So this week I participated in Charli’s flash fiction prompt.
The July 1, 2015 prompt over at the Carrot Ranch Communications: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the phrase, “Man, it’s a hot one.” You can choose a gender neutral replacement for the slang, “man” or any other general address. The phrase can lead, end or show up in the middle of the story. If the prompt leads you to a creative idea to alter the phrase, do it! And stay cool this week!
The Devil’s Contract
As his time grew near, I waited patiently. Nothing had changed in the last ten years; aside from his growing bank account and hairline.
Never did I receive a thank you, though I wasn’t in it for the gratitude. Hope that they would change, be better, that is what kept me in the game.
Soon enough his screams reverberated throughout the endless night. A flick of my wrist silenced him, recognition dawned bright. “Please!”
I muttered, “Man, it’s a hot one down here. You had your chance, you blew it.”
He wasn’t my first, he wouldn’t be the last.
Till next time,