Liar [Flash Fiction]

Elise dragged her chair to the window and turned her gaze to the sky. By the sickly glow of the dying streetlight, she looked younger than her eight years, and when she closed her eyes and clasped her hands together in prayer, Michael’s heart broke for his daughter.

Finished with her prayer, she turned to him with the question he’d been dreading since the blizzard started, five days ago.

“Papa, do you think the sun will come back tomorrow?”

“Yes, Kitten, of course it will,” he lied.

Word count: 87

Today’s Friday Fictioneers story, courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-fields, is inspired by the featured image Β©Dale Rogerson. Last week, I didn’t manage to get around to reading/commenting on every story on from Friday Fictioneers πŸ˜₯ β€” so, this week I’ll prioritise reading/commenting first on the odd-numbered stories, then next week I’ll be doing the same for the even-numbered stories.

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37 Comments on “Liar [Flash Fiction]

  1. One of this few times when a lie is excusable. Besides I think Elise knows the truth and is just asking her Daddy to let him not know that she knows, because he is glad she is too little to know the truth. So I would call her the really liar or the bluffer. πŸ˜€ Wonderful piece πŸ™‚

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  2. Excellent piece. πŸ™‚ … first time through I ‘read’ the blizzard starting ‘five years ago’ rather than ‘five days’ … which would’ve been cool too. πŸ˜€

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  3. The awful dilemma for a parent. It’s one thing for an individual to deal with desperate circumstances but, where a child is concerned it is excruciatingly difficult. Such powerful writing – my mind is reeling!

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  4. Such a dreadful prospect, isn’t it. I’ve been watching the Hard Sun series, and found that very disturbing, the idea that one day it might not be there.

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  5. Dear Spaceman,

    There’s a lot of story between the lines and a few questions in this reader’s mind. Love the set up. The picture you’ve painted of little Elise is both adorable and haunting. Good one.



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