March 18: Flash Fiction Challenge – One Year Later

But I Smile Anyway...

Charalie’s Carrot Ranch 99-word fiction prompt:

March 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that takes place a year later. It can be any year. Explore the past year or another significant passing of time to a character. Go where the prompt leads!

I crack my eyes open and reach over to switch off the alarm.

Sitting up, I rub the sleep from my eyes, and instinctively pick up my phone to check my messages.

The first thing I notice is the date.

A year. It’s been a whole year, since you went.

A whole year since you last told me off for grabbing my phone, first thing every morning.

A year I’ve cried myself to sleep.

I smooth my hand over your side of the bed, an indent no longer obvious.

But the indent in my heart.

That will never fill.

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