Lead Came: A 99-word flash fiction

Lead Came

It was Valentine’s Day, and Julie was working. She received a bouquet of flowers from her husband. Her customers would remark, “He really loves you” or some other platitude. It certainly felt like a platitude because she recently discovered that he had an affair with a mutual friend. One he denied up until now.

With two young children, what was she to do? His betrayal had cut her to the quick, and she felt she couldn’t go on. Her heart had been ripped to pieces. Would she ever feel whole again?

yellow roses…

shards of

the stained glass heart

Nancy Brady, 2019

This week’s 99 word (no more, no less) prompt at Carrot Ranch https://carrotranch.com was the use of the word shards. See more over at Carrot Ranch.

In this week’s attempt, a combination of prose and a haiku was used. By way of explanation, the title of lead came refers to the material used to hold pieces of glass together in a stained glass piece.


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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11 Responses to Lead Came: A 99-word flash fiction

  1. calmkate says:

    ooh love how you draw on the emotions here … heart and marriage shattered!

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  2. Violet Lentz says:

    Nicely put together!


  3. Jules says:

    A wonderful haibun (prose and haiku). I am always amazed at the stories I do read of reconciliation.
    Though most I think, in such cases as a betrayal like this end in divorce. It is hard to pick up those shattered emotions to feel whole again.

    When I first started writing for Carrot Ranch (over 200 pieces ago) I do not think there was much poetry. But then I helped host the first Rodeo with a poetry section. And I started adding my own poetry, but I couldn’t tell you when on that score without some serious research…other poets followed. I don’t think I was the first… but it is nice to see more poets and that they feel comfortable in participating with the prompts ;D Literary art comes in many forms.

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    • Thanks, Jules. I borrowed from your many examples. I don’t usually write haibuns because I don’t really quite understand how the haiku meshes with the prose, but for once, it seemed appropriate. For those who can create wholeness after being shattered, I am impressed. I don’t think it is easy. in fact, it isn’t easy.

      Thanks for book of California postcards. What an awesome gift from an even more awesome friend.

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  4. susanzutautas says:

    Love your take on this week’s prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. “…stained glass heart.” How perfectly beautiful, Nancy. I love this.

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