Inspired by Boxing with Pencils: a challenge that requires all stories to be 100 words or less while including 3 specific words.

This slice of life flash fiction was a submission to the Boxing with Pencils  challenge which requires that all stories are 100 words or less and must include 3 specific words. 
This week’s words: 
Sooth, Rail, Homestyle

Slice of Life Flash Fiction

Image by Eduardo Oliveira Filho

Laura leaned against the wooden rail and sighed. The sun painted the dusty cows with golden reds and deep purples as it sank below the horizon. Days of riding across the desolate Texas desert left an ache deep in her bones.

Laura meticulously unfolded and gently ran her thumb over the tattered picture from her pocket. A quiet smile split her weathered face. Like a soothing balm, peace rushed over her. 

“Boss. Dinner.” 

Laura carefully tucked the picture away then turned to the campfire and its pot of half-burned beans. She’d be back to Rachel’s homestyle cooking soon enough.

I love the feeling of hope wrapping around me at the end of a long day. This slice of life flash fiction embraces that moment. I hope it gave you space to do the same. 

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-Sarah

 

Creating art isn’t about getting it perfect or even getting close. It’s about relishing the creation process and developing something that draws emotion. That’s what I hope to have accomplished with this piece. 

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~Ari

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