A Rock in the Road (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Every week, Charli Mills hosts the Rough Writers and Friends flash fiction challenge at Carrot Ranch. The February 2 challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less,) write a story about a rock in the road.

Jane trudges wearily, wondering what on earth made her think a walk was a good idea. It’s cold but she’s hot.Troubles has clearly never been leash-trained;  she’s not sure who’s walking who. It’s a pretty day, but it would be just as beautiful from the backyard.

She realizes what the problem REALLY is as she comes abreast of a boulder jutting dangerously into the travel lane. She perches on it and breathes a sigh as she works her shoe off and shakes out a surprisingly tiny pebble.

“Much better,“she says.Troubles whuffs happily and pulls her onward.

Photo courtesy of vargazs/Pixabay

This is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. More flashes from other writers, and Charli’s great posts, can be found at the 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.

3 thoughts on “A Rock in the Road (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. Sometimes it’s the little rocks that unsteadies us! When you are homeless, you are forever picking them out of your shoe just to go about normal activities. I love that word “whuffs.”


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