Flash Fiction: Gerald

A while back I was browsing a forum and there was a section for flash fiction. The general definition of “flash fiction” is… umm… extremely short stories. The exact definition of “extremely short” varies according to who you ask. For this forum, I think it was in the neighborhood of 55 words.

Tell a story in 55 words.

Well, I don’t know about an actual STORY with CHARACTERS and a PLOT, but it is quite possible to put down some heavy imagery in 55 words. I gave it a shot. It was fun. So much fun, that I had to stop myself before I burnt up the whole day doing it. Here’s one of the better ones:


The marks on Gerald’s skin weren’t a rash. By the end of the day, he was coughing up blood and clawing off chunks of his own face. Big chunks. But that wasn’t really a big deal. We never liked him anyway. Those patches of skin crawling around in his bedroom, though… those worry me.

I’ll post a couple more later, just for laughs.


  1. Loki, October 9, 2007:

    Thought that was kinda funny actually. Need to see more of these.

  2. DarkIcon, October 9, 2007:

    I think this one was the best one of the few that I did. But I’ll post more.

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