#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community

July 16, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that expresses the phrase, “scream inside your heart.” Who is involved and why is the scream contained? Go where the prompt leads!


A scream is something that starts deep inside
However, there are times when I believe
It comes from far away, another galaxy
Waiting to tear itself free
Something primal, that starts the day you are born
Other times from joy or pain
Stub your toe, see how hard it is to stop
the anger and pain from screaming its way out
Once that sound is free, it continues out
into the universe, ripples on water
We never get to know what damage it may cause
as it travels away from us.
When the pain stops, do we really care?

©anitadawes 2020