Wild Places (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Congress of Rough Writers February 10 Flash Fiction Challenge: In 99 words, no more and no less, write a story about wild spaces. Bonus points for inducing something cute and furry.


Urban Jungle Luke McGuff Flickr CC
Luke McGuff, Flickr/CC

The funny part is, this isn’t even her home. No city is her home. She came here from the country, the outskirts of a small town about an hour’s drive from the middle of nowhere. Scorpions, snakes, badgers, and worse. Scorching heat and drought. You needed knowledge and instinct to live well.

Although there are parallels, she muses, steering wide of a shouting drunk. The wildlife is different, the dangers are different, the space itself is different. Concrete, traffic, street people, bureaucracy. But skill and instinct are just as necessary. She’d rather face a rattlesnake than any cop here.

Author note: No bonus points.


Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

2 thoughts on “Wild Places (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. Powerful! We are starting to get a glimpse of where Jane Doe comes from. Her dangerous environments speak to a need for safety, something that alludes her. She can’t even trust those meant to protect and serve.


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