Help: Flash Fiction #Flash4Storms

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The hurricanes season delivered destruction across Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the rest of the Carribean. But that’s only a piece of the suffering that rips through the world and not the latest or the last. Sarah Brentyn is donating $1 for every flash fiction story around the theme of Help, up to $50.  Entries need to be in by October 14 if you want to join in. Just include a link to her site Lemon Shark so you get counted. I’ll match her donation, so let’s max her challenge out!

Help

Audrey climbed the steep, narrow stairs to the third floor and switched on the light. She kept a tidy attic, dusted, everything in labeled boxes from shoe-box rectangles to the one that had delivered her new washer. Many were stuffed to the brim, and some she filled gradually. She had empties too, waiting for the next wedding or birth, the next death, the next act of brutal terrorism, another war or earthquake, or a hurricane like the ones that spun across the ocean and left thousands in need of help.

There was so much despair that for a long time she felt guilty if she smiled, horrible for a burst of laughter. To appreciate an autumn day or lunch with a friend seemed selfish and careless as if all that suffering meant nothing to her, just another day of rain down life’s gutter. So, she compartmentalized, pared fragile layers from her heart and filled her boxes with fragments of a mangled world. And each day, she spent a few hours after work lifting lids and letting the emotions sweep her into fits of hilarity or weeping. Her boxes spared her from drowning in helplessness and kept her happiness safe. In a world gone mad, they kept her sane.

95 thoughts on “Help: Flash Fiction #Flash4Storms

  1. M K Zebra says:

    I like the idea of the almost literal compartmentalisation here!

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  2. This is lovely, Diana. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. […] huge shout-out to D. Wallace Peach who offered to match my total donation. So know that each and every one of you who participated raised […]

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  4. reocochran says:

    I loved this short flash fiction filled with hopefully events, each memory stored in a box, high up in the dry attic (of Audrey’s mind, possibly?) xo 💖 There is hope but it comes in various packages. . . .🕊

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  5. Tina Frisco says:

    Shared on all of my pages, Diana ♥

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  6. […] Wallace Peach has offered to match my total donation when this challenge is through (and is working to max it out). Let’s do […]

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  7. “Help” can come with the gift of a word, a story, a hug, a smile. You helped us all here, Diana. A big hug to you with thanks. (And thanks to Sarah.)

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  8. Vashti Q says:

    Beautiful and haunting story, Diana. I love it. Great contribution to a wonderful cause. ❤

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  9. Very nice, Diana. I like the idea of boxing these emotions/thoughts up and allowing oneself a respite from it all. Great cause, indeed.

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  10. Such a beautiful post, from a beautiful soul. You are lovely, Diana. xo

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  11. Nicely done, Diana! Very poignant, indeed. And a great cause, Sarah. Well done!

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  12. Val Boyko says:

    So well written … and gently thought provoking in these times. Thank you Diana 💛

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  13. I love everything about this post! The cause and your poignant story. Thank you, Diana and Sarah! 🙂

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  14. bpsenapati says:

    Beautiful story Diana! And fantastic cause.

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  15. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    “…she felt guilty if she smiled, horrible for a burst of laughter.” I can relate. The world has gone mad, indeed. It seems selfish to celebrate own joys, when others are grieving for their loss.

    A beautiful and moving contribution for a great cause.

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    • I needed to share those feelings, Khaya, and I was sure others could relate. But we also have to spread the joy around while being sensitive to the plight of others, hopefully with open hearts. Thank you so much for stopping by to read. ❤

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  16. What a compelling story, Diana. Very *real*, so present. Well done indeed. That’s a wonderful offer from Sarah too. Hugs on the wing.

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  17. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, a tender moving story – and all in aid of a good cause. Heartfelt thanks to you and Sarah. So much destruction is almost beggers belief…every little bit counts. xx

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  18. Such a beautifully written and poignant contribution for a very worthy cause. Thank you Diana 🌼

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  19. Kudos to Sarah. Your story is perfect for those times we feel helpless, ineffective, useless even. I’d put boxes in the attic but I’m afraid of the rats and spiders and their webs.

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  20. […] via Help: Flash Fiction #Flash4Storms — Myths of the Mirror […]

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  21. Teri Polen says:

    A wonderful thing Sarah is doing, and your entry is just beautiful, Diana.

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  22. balroop2013 says:

    Flash fiction and that too 50 words is a great challenge for the one who writes novels but you have done a wonderful job Diana.I love your benevolence and share your anguish. Thanks for reaching out to help those in distress. There is always a way.

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  23. Superbly, sensitively, apt

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  24. […] a post by D. Wallace Peach,  Help: Flash Fiction #Flash4Storms, I learned that another writer, Sarah Brentyn is donating $1 for every flash fiction story written […]

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  25. dgkaye says:

    A beautiful contribution Diana. Love Sarah’s challenge.<3

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  26. […] Wallace Peach has offered to match my total donation when this challenge is through (and is working to max it out). Let’s do this! […]

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  27. A wonderful cause, Diane, and your piece tells what I wish I could do at times in this tragic world!

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  28. Beautiful – as always, Diana. Love that you posted this humanitarian relief challenge on this week’s Senor Salon – including your “matching grant.”

    I don’t write fiction at all – not so far, anyway – but the 50 word limit would be the bigger challenge for me. Just ask anyone who knows me. 🙂

    Though I’m already slammed, I’ll see if I can come up with some mental health related non-fiction way to feature the challenge. I’ll try not to exceed the limit by more than a thousand words (or so!) ROTFLOL
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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  29. […] to top it all, Diana WP of Myths Of The Mirrorhas decided to match the […]

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  30. Ritu says:

    What a wonderful piece of flash fiction Diana! And a lovely gesture from you too!
    I have just submitted mine, linking to you as well. 🙂
    https://butismileanyway.com/2017/10/03/flash-fiction-for-hurricane-relief-flash4storms-lemonsharkcharity/

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  31. […] $1 to hurricane relief for every flash that is posted (up to $50). And to top it all, Diana WP of Myths Of The Mirror has decided to match the donation! So, here goes! 50 words filled with […]

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  32. iArtichokeu says:

    What a great cause. You’re such a kind person Diana!

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  33. Every little bit does help, Diana. Be proud of adding this flash fiction piece for such a great cause. Cheers to Sarah as well.

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  34. Mae Clair says:

    As always, your writing is superb, Diana, sucking me in from practically the first word. I applaud Sarah for such a great undertaking!

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  35. Brilliantly done Diana!

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  36. […] Wallace Peach from Myths of the Mirror blog has also generously agreed to match […]

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  37. paulandruss says:

    Dear Diana, bear with me. I am not a fan of flash fiction.Sometimes I think people just use it as a notepad to jot down a random thought or two. Secondly I have never been one to shy away from the blindingly obvious… Given those two statements here it goes.
    The blindingly obvious: you are a superbly skillful writer (to which your response should be: Yawn! tell me something I don’t know!).
    Secondly, if you are going to write flash fiction this is how you should write it. Help is permeated with a strong thematic coherence and It is uncluttered, concentrating on a single emotional aspect that it expresses and develops like a bel-canto aria.
    It is as beautifully and thoughtfully written as if it were the opening of a novel (Yawn! Tell me something I don’t know!).
    And finally, it intrigues. For it leaves the reader believing it the iceberg tip of a deeper story. The visible tip successfully hooks the reader leaving them with no alternative but to run & re-run scenarios for all the possible stories underlying what they have read.
    And to be blunt: that’s the way to do it!

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    • I would never yawn, Paul. Instead, I’m honored by your comment and the thoughtfulness you put into it (and into all your comments). I love writing these short pieces, and find the slice of life, the snapshot of emotion, relatively easy to do once the muse taps on the old noggin. In this case, about a feeling that I often encounter and how – in a general metaphorical way – I deal with it. I really needed, personally, to share this story since my blog tends to have more of a positive beat despite the suffering everywhere I turn. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Wishing you peace and joy, my friend.

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  38. I noticed that you ignored the 50 words, Diana. You have given me courage to post mine as I thought Sarah wanted poems so I wrote two and then realised she said flash fiction. Brilliant piece.

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  39. I think this is the best way to decribe current feelings for many! Lovely writing

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  40. What a lovely story and a fantastic cause. -)

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  41. Diana… 😢 You’ve made me teary. You are an amazing person, my friend. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity.
    So. Much. Love. 💕💕💕

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    • I ignored your 50-word limit, though. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂 Happy to help, Sarah, and with all the trouble in the world these days, every little bit matters. Be sure to let me know when you reach the mark and where to send my check. 😀

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  42. Nice story for a great cause. Thanks Diana and Sarah.

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