Flash Fiction: This Time It’s Forever

Written for microcosms, my prompts were “criminal”, “library”, and “romance”. I also incorporated Rachel Poli’s Friday prompt; “Where were you?”.

This Time It’s Forever

“Where were you?” the voice asked from the ether before the figure of a woman materialised, her fingertips dancing along the spines of the library books on the shelf next to her.

“They caught me,” the man whispered, “locked me up for twenty-five years for killing your ex.” He was much older than she remembered, his eyes no longer dancing, but scarred from years spent behind bars. “You said they wouldn’t.”

The woman reached out, brushing a tear from his cheek and for a moment he closed his eyes, his features relaxing.

“But now we can truly be together,” she said. “You still love me, don’t you?”

The man nodded, didn’t answer. Then, hand shaking, he reached into his pocket and took out a pistol. The ghost smiled.

“We’ll be together forever now,” she said with a smile as he pointed the barrel at his temple.

The shot echoed through the library, leaving people scattered, running for the doors and for cover. After a few minutes silence fell once more.


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


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