For the Watchers (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Each week, Charli Mills at the Ranch hosts the Congress of Rough Writers flash fiction challenge. This week’s prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an audience.

“So, the roof will be done next Friday,” Torry confirms. She makes a note to drive by and check on Wednesday. At some point she needs to go through the inside, see what needs to be done. She’ll need a heavy cleaning crew and painters at the least. Then the fun stuff: choosing flooring, draperies, a living room suite. Patio furniture. Wet bar.

It all depends on how you carry it off. She is not in reduced circumstances; she is living in the investment house she intends to flip.

Always leave your audience thinking you meant to do that.


This flash is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. More fun flashes from other writers are 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.

6 thoughts on “For the Watchers (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. There’s a sense of something off with this woman and what she’s trying to hide. Of course, it’s hard not to wonder about the greater impact, of what this means to Jane. Some people can play with houses, even “have to” live in an investment to flip when times are tight, and others just desperately need a home. No games. Just a home.

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