Building Blocks (from strange idea to flash fiction)

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Time molds vivid memories from one’s past into the building blocks of one’s writing…

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In my May 28, 2013 post Dude, nice shirt, I mentioned that I had jotted down a story idea while enjoying a hamburger at an In-N-Out Burger, and that I had no idea what had prompted the possible story idea, or where it would lead to.  Over the past year I have looked at that note residing in my flash fiction ideas file a number of times, to no avail.  Then this past Tuesday I saw Ese’ Voice July 8, 2014 Līgo Haibun Challenge – Picture Prompt and one of the prompt pictures made the rest of a story instantly visualized (added in bold).  Ese this is not a haibun, nevertheless, thank you for the inspiration.

From Ese' Voice July 8, 2014 Līgo Haibun Challenge – Picture Prompt

From Ese’ Voice July 8, 2014 Līgo Haibun Challenge – Picture Prompt

The Coupon

When he turned the page the money saving restaurant coupon jumped out at him; not physically separating itself from the folio, no, cerebrally.  The flash of color and recognition was so strong that he actually shuddered.  When his mind once again regained focus, he had aged dramatically; although chronologically a mere two seconds, metaphysically it was if he had just returned and awakened from an interstellar voyage requiring that he transit in a state of frozen animation.  Looking once again at the coupon, heart racing, body tingling, he smiled.  He remembered how she laughed, then hugged him at his suggestion to go to the restaurant.  He remembered how she made eyes at the college kid waiter.  How she sipped her drink and let her eyes glisten at his every move.  “Not at me”, he remembered out loud.  They had kissed goodbye, goodbye.

He turned the page; the coupon now history, as was she;  thinking ‘romance  can really age you’.

(The Coupon, copyright Steven S. Walsky, 2014, all rights reserved.)

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Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Building Blocks (from strange idea to flash fiction)

  1. The last sentence really made me smile and go: Hmmm, he might have a point there… 🙂
    Glad the photo inspired you, Steve! Enjoy your travels and all the new inspiration they will bring along!

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