Down and Dirty – 100 Word Flash Fiction

Megan glanced out the window pane at a wren struggling against the blustery wind. Over-burdened clouds would soon spill their contents onto the parched landscape. A rumble of thunder rolled across the valley. Its vibration could be felt deep inside her. The smell of rain and mildew wafted into the tiny cabin. He should be back soon.

As Megan wiped up the bathroom, flashes of memories began taunting her. The realization shattered her mind into a million little pieces and she collapsed onto the bloody floor.

While raindrops pattered on the shallow grave, an outstretched hand burst from the muck.



Do you like cliffhangers or do you prefer clear cut endings?

Photo by Susie Lindau

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  1. It depends how attatched I am to the characters I guess 😛 In the beginning when I’m mildly curious about them, cliff hangers are fun! But when your emotionally attached to the character, cliff hangers can be dreadful!


  2. Generally speaking I love the way cliffhangers keep you wanting more. However, I think eventually there has to be some kind of resolution, even if it’s just hinted at.


    1. I agree although what is a conclusion for one can be something completely different for another. Just ask my book club! Hahaha! But that is the beauty in interpretation.
      Thanks Janet!


  3. Really liked this, just the right kind of setup before a cliffhanger.

    I think cliffhanger’s work best if there’s enough infomration to draw your own conclusions. In very short fic like this i kind of expect that. It’s great to get a slice of story that gives a decent impression of what’s going on, before pulling the rug from under you. That really counts if it’s 100 or 10,000 words.

    And, I can’t resist a good potential zombie – or any other sort of macabre end twist!

    My effort here:


    1. Thanks Edward! I really do too. I am writing a book that is filled with them to get the reader to hang on to their hats! Hey that is another idiom for you! When are you going to write your book? I couldn’t find any good ones out there…


    1. Yes that was my first thought, I will never forget that Carrie ending. This is a superb thriller Susie!


    1. Thanks Linton and for subscribing! I really love to write humor, but these super dark flash fictions just race from my head, to my fingers, to the screen! I actually came up with two dark tales yesterday. I am saving one for later….


    1. Hahaha! I know, it would be fun to see how Megan reacts to her now undead husband….and how was he killed in the first place? So many loose ends and yet….
      Thanks Debra!


  4. In this kind of flash fiction, cliffhangers are perfect as it gives us a sense that there’s more beyond what we think we know.
    In longer stories, I generally believe that cliffhangers should only be left if there’s definitely a follow-up coming. Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy is perfect in that sense, an exception that proves the rule, I guess!

    Sorry, I’m rambling. I loved your story (I particularly like my zombie fiction) and got the sense that maybe she murdered her husband, but her fragile mind kept her from realising it fully – a little like Macbeth in that regard, I think. No matter how much you try to clean up, the blood just won’t wash off.
    The poor fella won’t be too happy when he gets up, I reckon…


    1. Hahaha! I don’t think that he will be happy at all!
      Thank you so much Niiko! It’s my first zombie story.
      I agree about cliffhangers since books should include some kind of resolution and yet if a few inconsequential loose ends are not tied up neatly, it can leave room for a sequel!
      I will have to check out Patrick Ness’ triology!
      Thank you!


  5. Hi,
    Great story. How you manage to get a story across in 100 words is amazing, and talk about a cliffhanger, when is Part 2. 😀
    Enjoyed the video as well. 🙂


  6. I dig it, Susie! Do you write thrillers by chance? I’m surprised I never asked before… You have a knack for suspense.

    As far as endings, I like cliffhangers when they’re done well—when they leave us thinking without just trying to be tricky or cool. 😉


    1. Thanks August!
      I am almost done with a paranormal fiction set in Provence. I am hoping to keep a lot of suspense running throughout the book so the reader can’t put it down. That’s the plan anyway! I may leave a couple of loose ends open-ended, but the main plot will come to a conclusion. I would like to write a sequel if it turns out that people actually read it. We’ll see!
      Hey your brownie cake is almost gone… ; (


  7. Hello, my Colorado Buffalo, friend! Still praying for you… hehehe

    I like both cliffhangers as well as nice tidy endings. Depends on the book, or movie, or tv show. Loved the way Harry Potter tied some things up, but left others till the next book.

    Interesting question.


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