The Dream: 99-Word Flash Fiction

The prompt that Charli Mills set for the Word Wranglers over at Carrot Ranch was to write a story about a film festival in 99 words (no more, no less). She also suggested that a writer might want to throw in a little popcorn.

Well, this pedometer geek writer forgot the popcorn, but eventually came up with this story. It probably needs some revision, but for now, it is as follows:

The Dream

It seemed like the worst week in Alicia’s short life. Nothing went right, and she was depressed.

Returning home, Alicia skipped dinner, chugged her sleeping tablets with wine, conked out, and began to dream.

Alicia received an invitation to a private film festival; the limo arrived minutes later.

Swiftly, Alicia was transported to a darkened theater. The film showed scenes from her life, both good and bad. She was surprised that she had made an impact on other people, changing their lives.

Alicia awoke with a changed attitude. She might have bad days, but her life was worth living.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

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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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9 Responses to The Dream: 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. A life-saving dream. Wished they happened to more people more often.

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  2. Jules says:

    Oh, this reminds me of a children’s book where a little old lady thought she didn’t matter…
    But in the end so many folk had depended on her routines. In the end she found out and felt much, much better!!

    A different take, very good.

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    • Thanks Jules, appreciate your words. I have never read that children’s story, nor until you mentioned it I didn’t even know it existed; however, I think many people don’t realize that they might actually make a difference in the world with their little day to day living,. I was afraid that it seemed too trite, too much like “It’s A Wonderful Life.” I really struggled to get something together for this prompt.My first draft was 175 words so I really, really had to edit to get it down to the right number of words, and I felt like I cut so much away that there wasn’t much content left.

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      • Jules says:

        After a while of only writing 99-150 words or so you get a feel for the lenght. X amount of paragraphs or sentences. I think the three sentence stories or 44 word stories are harder to have a beginning, middle and end. So I don’t do those. Do what you are comfortable with. 😀

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  3. A nice message here. We’re so isolated (and even pre-COVID) and self-absorbed that we don’t stop to think that we live among a lot of people who think and look and feel just like us. And that even something like a smile can make a difference in someone’s life.

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    • Thanks Michael B. I appreciate your kind words, and I agree with you. A smile, a kind word, an acknowledgment of another one’s humanity can go a long way to making us all feel a little better in the world. We don’t know what encouragement we may be giving to someone else, or vice versa. Have a wonderful day, Michael B. ~nan


  4. Yes, I agree, Jules. You do become used to the amount of writing it takes to hit the intended number of words, but I most often let the words flow until the story is told. Then I start editing to see what truly want to express. Specific word count really hones the editing process, doesn’t it?

    This one was particularly difficult because I wanted to show that her death would not be a good thing, that her life was worth living even if she couldn’t see her impact. I am not sure it comes across, but there it is. The prompt itself was just weird (at least for me), but I wanted to give it a try regardless. Maybe the upcoming prompt will be more to my liking…that I can advance Aloysius’ story. Or not.


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