Flash Fiction Draw for February 2021

Okay, where did January go?

I mean, I know where it went (into the past, obviously). Is it just me, though, or did it go by at warp speed? At the same time, it seemed like the longest month ever. Now that it’s over, I look back and am surprised I remembered to use 2021 every time I needed to write out a date.

But anyway. It’s Feb. 1, and that means it’s time for a new Flash Fiction Draw prompt. For those who aren’t familiar, check out last month’s prompt as well as the stories people wrote for it.

Basically, I build a prompt based on three cards drawn at random from three different suits: clubs for genre, hearts for setting, and diamonds for an object that must appear in the story. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a story, 1,000 words or less, based on the prompt. Simple, right? Right.

As a reminder, here’s a table outlining all the variables for this year’s prompts (the ones we’ve already used are grayed out):

Card drawnGenreSettingObject
1RomanceSpaceshipRay gun
2Science FictionRestaurant kitchenKey
3Fairy TaleStudio apartment in a big cityHairbrush
4HorrorAuditoriumLength of rope
5MysterySewerPendant and necklace
6ThrillerHighway tollboothPotted plant
7ComedyFarm fieldTablet computer
8FantasyPawn shopFountain pen
9Ghost StoryMarshDecorative pillow
10SuspenseTulip fieldVacuum cleaner
JCrime CaperTrunk of a carBouquet of roses
QAction/AdventureToolshed / Utility closetA stray sock
KHistorical FictionShopping mallSuitcase

Ready for the prompt? Here goes.

So, to recap, our prompt is:

  • A thriller
  • Set in a sewer
  • Including a suitcase

You’ve got until next Monday, Feb. 8, to write your story and drop a link in the comments below (or email it to me; I love email). I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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