flash fiction march 21

This week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch is to feature a bucket of water. In 99 words, no more, no less, write a short story or poem using a bucket of water as your prompt.

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Quick, quick, I yelled.

Where’s the bucket? Asked my son

It’s down in the basement by the washing machine.

Please just hurry up!

A candle that I’d left unattended for a few minutes had tipped over on the nightstand in my bedroom and had started a fire while landing on a book. All I could think was I could easily put it out before it spread.

Damn, I should have run and got the bucket of water myself.

Here, mom, I’ll toss the water on the fire for you.

Thank God it worked, just leaving an awful smoky smell.

33 Comments on “Panic – Flash Fiction

  1. My dad fell asleep holding a lit cigarette once. It was years ago, and their bedroom still has a smoky smell. That could also be because he smoked forever.

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  2. Yea, we should always keep a bucket of water to hand. But not to throw over a fire; much safer to plunge a towel into it and then smother the fire with wet towel. 🙂

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