Deafening Silence (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

The Carrot Ranch Congress of Rough Writers January 5 flash fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about a rattling noise:

Becca heels her shoes off. Dirt especially shows on  bare carpet. Two months Richard’s been gone, and the endless expanse remains broken only by two power cords and their lamps.

But she’s home, safe after another day at Bile & Heartburn — er, Pyle & Hepburn. Away from Carolyn, who inspects every draft with narrowed eyes and pressed lips. Away from the yappy dog next cubicle over. Especially away from Jane, who apparently thinks they are best friends just because they share work space.

Becca hits Pandora, cranks the volume. Anything to cover the noise of her rattling around here by herself.


This flash is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. Fun flashes from other writers can be found at the Carrot Ranch link above.


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.

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