AND WE’RE BACK.
Sorry — I was away for the last couple weeks.
Which is how I’m leading into today’s flash fiction challenge! Drum roll please: I’d like you to write a story about a vacation. This can be in any genre. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, whatever. Whatever it is, it must be set in and around a vacation (though your interpretation of that is as flexible as your creativity).
Length: 1500 words
Due by: Friday, August 5th, noon EST.
Post at your online space.
Drop a link to it in the comments below.
ENJOY YOUR TRIP.
41 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Vacation”
So I didn’t actually write this in response to the challenge thrown out today, but earlier this month in response to a random writing prompt, but it fits the bill, although I’m 59 words over. I just really kind of like it and wanted to share.
Deliciously creepy and I really liked the unexpected switch at the end.
Thanks so much! Creepy is my favorite way to write, lol.
The challenge is about a vacation. So I was in my early thirties, a long time ago on a beach far far away, when I could still wear a bikini, and it was so early in the morning that I was all alone with the sea, watching my feet and picking up small seashells, happy as a clam, assuming clams are totally content. I never heard the guy sneaking up behind me, the surf masher chicken shit that he was. Bending down to pick up another favorite cat’s paw shell there was a sudden thrusting force felt in my panty area nearly knocking me forward. My immediate thought was: is that (friend’s name)? I turned. Did I scream? No. Did I wonder who the heck was messing with me? Yes, and there was an athletic swarthy young man running away, leapt up on a cement block wall, then jerked down his swim trunks to wave his genitalia before disappearing off the wall. Hey, I shouted. But he was gone. Was I scared? No. Shouldn’t I have been? I don’t know, but probably should have been. Was I hurt? No that I knew of. Was I violated? Apparently I have been so used to violation that this one came as no real surprise. I was just calm. Did I continue to beach comb? Yes. Did I ever go back to Mazatlan? No.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with my old Windows 7 but I had to cut that story real short in order to have the post comment button appear. Oh well.
Oh… and check out the others I did in Chuck’s absence. 😀
Would you please recommend an online script writing course?
Sorry… THIS is the correct link: http://tmcatron.com/2016/07/31/flash-fiction-vacation/
I had to change it because the other wasn’t working.
Great insight into the horrors of family vacation. As a twin, I understand that sibling rivalry too well.
Thanks! I have a younger sister. When we were kids, she tried very hard to live up to her title as Most Annoying Person on the Planet. I like her now, though. 🙂
I took a vacation of my own. Haven’t written in a while, and I hope this piece gets me back into the swing of things.
As always, critique welcome.
I totally grinned when I got to the “I was Bait” line 🙂
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It never occurred to Jim to just leave it alone.
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A small piece about two of the people working in tourism so that other people can have a great vacation. https://evathereseebert.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/the-vacation
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As always, comments are welcome!
Most of the best vacations end up in a “Throwback Thursday” eventually.
Staycation Rehab by M D Flyn http://www.mdflyn.com/staycation-rehab-original-flash-fiction/
A little trippy adventure. Enjoy! Good to have you back Chuck.
A little holiday adventure set in space, “Interesting Holidays”:
Ugh! good job there. I could feel the claustrophobia…and I might never look at a pretty ocean the same way again!
The vacation from hell. Or to hell.
Sure I had a go. https://medium.com/@mrgrahamstewart/the-vacation-8aee2269ca39#.obohc4baj
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I pulled out an old story I started last year and completed it for this challenge – I just couldn’t resist, and it gave me a chance to finish something I started. If you want to read the whole thing, I posted it in parts starting on Sunday. https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/the-beach-house-finale/
Hey Helen, great job, strong finish. Its crazy, this was a multi-part story that I actually took part in when you first wrote it. And your intro had this subtle creepy vibe that I KNEW was going to be a horror/thriller. I’m glad thats where you were headed! So yeah, well done on finishing. Deadlines are not important lol.
It’s a good thing deadlines weren’t important for this one, otherwise, I would have been screwed, lol. It’s so cool that you read the first part last year when I wrote it. To be honest, I had no idea, at the time, where it was going or what would happen. Thanks so much for the support. I’m happy you liked it! 🙂
Missed your story the first time round, but got pulled right in this time round. Fab!
Missed your story the first time round, but got pulled right in this time round. Really loved it.
Oops, laptop hung up and I thought it hadn’t worked first time!
Squeaking in under the wire, here is mine:
Now, for the best bit, I can go and read everyone else’s 🙂
Just got it in time. This one was also the completion of an old hangnail flash fiction. Glad to be done with it. The original was a random title selector. I got ‘Son of Wave’ and I loved it, but could never finish it. Well, here it is…plus a little vacation.
I’m late, I know, but I’ve tried to transpose (and rewrite) the characters from Tintin into a more modern setting while retaining their voices and plausibly Tintin-ish things for them to do. Do while on vacation, that is.
Yes, I’m a day late. Hoping it’ll still get posted. Here’s the link: http://runnerskye.ca/flash-fiction-challenge-the-honeymoon/
Man I missed you people, oozing talent everywhere.