02 June, 2015

RWW Flash Fiction: Long-Lost Love and Carpenter Tools

Hello, there! Thank you for hopping over from Brenda Margriet's blog.

This week on the hop, Fiona Riplee wants us to write a flash fiction of 250 words or less about a long-lost love, and we're supposed to include the words hammer, chisel, and coping saw.



Back in the day, when you were the IT dude on campus, you stole my heart without ever, even knowing it.

You, the all-star tight end, and ah, what a fine tight end it was, too.

You, the home run king, touching them bases with ease, grace, and skill, just as you'd done with the girls, hammering home the fact that it was with everyone but me.

You, b-ball Jones, running everywhere but toward me, and giving me yet another reason to continue to Jones for you.

You, track & field star in them sexy, white silk shorts that made your long, chisled legs seem even longer, and that oh, so tight tank top in red; our schools colors, and the color of my heart that kept bleeding for a moment of your time.

Sports metaphor surrounded you then and now, in my fading mind, but for me it was carpentry.

I'd used a chisel to etch your name and your likeness in my soul, where you remain immortal and forever eighteen.

A hammer, for all of the self-inflicted pain I suffered in your presence, reminding me of the agony I chose to languish in, in that one-sided love affair of ours.

And a coping saw, not only to chisel out those delicate corners of my mind, but also as a coping mechanism to continue on with my life . . . without you . . . to this very day.


I thank you for hopping over and taking the time to read my response. Now it's time to visit with Leslie Hachtel and read their flash fiction about long-lost love using the words hammer, chisel, and coping saw.

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Status: Complete, but in Edit Mode
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  1. The way you wrote this was very powerful and emotional! Loved this flash fiction.

    1. Thank you, Fiona. I'm still learning the process and getting the hang of what is expected. :D

  2. Wow! You took this to a whole different level and I LOVE it! Love the tight end sentence! I'm such a fan of the "position" and the bodies working it LOL! Great post!

    1. Thank you, Dani! :D Glad you liked my 2nd attempt at flash fiction. Still learning, but I think it is fun.

  3. Very nice, Raine. So poetic and tragic.

  4. It seriously read like a heartfelt and emotional poem. Nicely done, my heart has been touched by your words.

  5. Wonderful! I'm sorry I'm so late catching up this week! You've got the knack... Hard to think it's only your second flash fiction