Five Minute Flash Fiction Friday – Waterfall Prompt


L.S.Engler has set another prompt for a five minute flash fiction piece. The prompt is an image from Five Minute Get Away. I thought I would give it a go as my last attempt was actually quite good for my first try at flash fiction, so here we go with today’s piece…

Jay leaned forward, his weight precariously balanced on the camp stool. The glow behind the waterfall had caught his eye several minutes before, at first a reflection of the bright full moon seemed a natural explanation, but now he wasn’t so sure.

The glow was growing before his eyes, taking on a form. Captivated the marshmallows roasting over the campfire were forgotten as Jay was unable to stop staring at the vision appearing before him.

Without interrupting the flow of the water the glowing form emerged. It was now clearly a woman. An ethereal ghostly beauty.  Long wavy hair, such a pale blonde it appeared white with the glowing light that seemed to be emanating from within her. Her skin milk bottle white and a flowing dress that was almost translucent. He had never seen anything so beautiful.

Despite being unable to withdraw his gaze jay was suddenly aware of the silence and stillness surrounding him. The feint rustle of leaves in the breeze, crackling of firewood and breathing sounds of his companions sleeping within the tent beside him had all stopped.

The figure moved towards him, as transfixed by him as he was by her, she was gliding through the air and her mouth parted slighty as if she was about to speak.

Jay felt himself gasp as her hand lifted towards him. Mouth widening along with piercing eyes that seemed to slice into his own.

Closer now, Jay cold feel an icy chill growing within his dense mass of a body.

Suddenly scared by the ever stretching width of the figures mouth Jay opened his own mouth ready to scream.

Before he could make a sound the maiden began to sing, a high pitched gaping mouthed screech of a song, that slammed Jay’s mouth shut with force.

A banshee…

Her screech filled the night air and stopped the hearts of anything that laid eyes open her, including Jay. Her mouth now betraying sword-like rows of teeth and stretching like a cavern her prey gravitated towards her to be consumed whole.

A stick of burned marshmallows dropped at the edge of the campfire, which crackled again a the night breeze caught it.  A camp stool beside it with a warm seat that betrayed it had recently been occupied, now sat empty.

In the distance a brilliant glow slowly faded behind the waterfall…

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Okay so I admit I actually spent about 15 minutes writing that, but I couldn’t stop once I was part way in! lol

What do you think? Any good?

Why not share your own flash fiction piece using the image here as a prompt?

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23 comments on “Five Minute Flash Fiction Friday – Waterfall Prompt

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  2. I loved reading this the first time in my email box, and I love reading it again here!

    The imagery is so strong, I could hear the water as the bhean sidhe emerged from the Otherworld through the waterfall.

    Brilliant!

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