The Final Countdown- #FictioninAFlash #Challenge


This week’s Fiction in A Flash Challenge

I’ve been enjoying the many posts inspired by Soooz Burke’s wonderful prompts to the Fiction in A Flash Challenge and decided to give it a try. You can read more and join in here.

The Final Countdown

Four.

Three.

Two…

Any moment now and the final performance of my career will begin. I can’t complain, I’ve had a good run, but I wish I was more prepared.

I’ve wasted so many opportunities. Chances to live, love, create meaningful connections.

Instead, I’m here the way I’ve been most of my life- alone.

It’s not all bad though.

I’m more successful than I could have dreamed. People know my name. They cheer for me. Buy tickets to see me.

I’m famous.

I wonder if any of that will matter now.

One…

The gates open and I step through.

My afterlife begins.

26 thoughts on “The Final Countdown- #FictioninAFlash #Challenge

  1. D.L. Finn, Author August 23, 2020 — 11:46 am

    Great take on the photo, Jacquie:) You captured what we’d be thinking in this moment. I’d like to know more!

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    1. Thanks, Denise. I hope I’m not filled with regrets when I get to the Pearly Gates 🙂

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author August 23, 2020 — 12:01 pm

        Me too xo

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  2. Great take on the prompt, Jacquie! I hope your character finds what he wants on the other side 😊

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    1. He wants what I think we all would like, Harmony- peace 🙂

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  3. I like that. Afterlife… Has a good sound to it.

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    1. I like to think we get another chance to correct our wrongs ❤

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  4. Thanks so much for this great take on this week’s prompt, Jacqui! I’m so delighted you joined in the fun, and hope that future prompts will ignite your muse again. 😊 I’ll be featuring your post on the challenge site, shortly.

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  5. Whoa! I never saw that ending coming. Great job, Jacquie!

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    1. Thanks, Mae. I wanted to hop onto the challenge bandwagon with a bang, lol

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      1. You did that, LOL!

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  6. Absolutely love this, Jacquie! Bravo!

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  7. I like your take on the prompt, Jacquie!

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  8. Everything comes to an end eventually, Jacqui. Good, bad and indifferent. An excellent piece.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. I think the main thing is not to waste our time on earth 🙂

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  9. Sometimes, I wish we knew when the final countdown comes. Would I then start living my life as if it’s the last day? On the other hand, I also see that not knowing is a safety net. I wonder if there is a new beginning or if we simply start all over again?
    A nice piece of flash fiction, Jacquie. It got me thinking.

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    1. Now you’ve got ME thinking, lol. In ways, I’d like the chance to start over again and maybe correct mistakes I’ve made (and retain family ties), but a fresh start is tempting, as well. A chance to be all that I can be- so to speak 🙂

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  10. Jacquie, I tried to like this post several time, but it will not let me.

    This was a really good one. You do feel a bit sad for the singer, but as he said, he had a great run.

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    1. WordPress might be having issues again. Thank you, Michele. It was fun taking part in the challenge 🙂

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  11. What an inspiring post, Jacquie! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Miriam. I hope I don’t leave this earth with regrets. ❤

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      1. Just the fact that you said this, you wouldn’t. It seems like you’ve done and ate doing things you want to do. Not too much more you’ll regret. 💖

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  12. I commented several days ago and it hasn’t appeared. I was delighted to feature this on the Challenge site. I hope my prompts ignite your muse again, Thanks for taking part, Jacquie. 😊

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    1. I’m talking with the WordPress engineers now, hopefully they can fix the issue.
      Thank you, Soooz! It’s nice to get away from my own WIP for a while and come up with a new concept 😊

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