March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge

Here is Charli’s challenge this week:

March 2, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include slag in a story. Slag is a glass-like by-product of smelting or refining ore. Slag is also used in making glass or can result from melting glass. It can be industrious or artistic. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by March 7, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published March 8). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!



You could see it for miles, this landmark in time, rising up on the horizon as you turned the corner.
Some called it an eyesore, some saw it as a monument to times past, but passing it meant I was twenty five minutes from home, where Love, a cup of tea and a warm bed waited for me.
In my time, it was called Slag Hill, but within ten years, it became just The Hill.
It’s gone now, moved or used for heavens knows what, and the landscape is flat and featureless.
I’m glad I don’t live there anymore.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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7 Responses to March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. floridaborne says:

    I could feel the landmark that triggered one of your finest memories and, conversely, one of the reasons you wanted your family out of there. I love it when I can feel the emotion from 99 words.

  2. Charli Mills says:

    Even a landmark for the way home can also become a symbol for place and time. You deftly wove both concepts into your flash. The last line delivers the emotional punch!

  3. Memories, changing times, love, home and that feeling that home is no longer home — you managed to elicit a lot of emotions and memories in your 99 words — all out of a pile of rubbish.

  4. Norah Colvin says:

    It good when time moves us to better places with better memories to make. Well done.

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