Beacon (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Jane edges up the tiny spiral staircase, bending to look through the mullioned windows. Gulls wheel, screeching; the sea murmurs. The top level is nothing like she’d imagined a lighthouse would be: Hardwood floors, foghorn mechanism, and arc lamp all gleam in angled sunlight. On tiptoe, she can see the noses of seals playing below.

It’s not Paris; it’s not a beach weekend; it’s not even a bus ticket home to her mother’s kitchen. But escape was a beacon; the sandwich in her bag, her student bus pass, the Internet list of area lighthouses, all gave it to her.

Sun Dog Alki Point LIghthouse
Sun dog at Alki Point Lighthouse, Seattle. Author photo.
Admiralty Head LIghthouse Whidbey Island
View from Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Whidbey Island, Washington. Author photo.
Tower View Mukilteo Lighthouse
View from the tower, Mukilteo Lighthouse, Washington. Author photo.

This vignette is from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. Each week at the Ranch, Charli Mills hosts the Rough Writers and Friends flash fiction challenge. This week’s prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about a beacon. Fun flashes from other writers are at the link. Join us! It’s fun!


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.

12 thoughts on “Beacon (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

      1. Oh, wow, 13! That’s a fun goal to visit them all. You made me curious to see how many there are on Lake Superior and taking in the different counts it appears to be over 80! That also led to the discovery that the beyond the Keweenaw is Michigan’s Shipwreck Coast! One day, maybe we’ll get to compare notes.

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      2. You would love this great lake! If I survive the biggest homeless hurdle…getting rehomed…I might actually turn the RV into a free writer’s retreat, set up on the lake. If not, I’ll still look to work with the area for retreat spots. But I’d love to show you some of Superior’s shores and lighthouses!

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