Thursday, 19 November 2009

FLASH!

Am totally and completely immersed in new project.
Like a new love affair.
Not much room for anything else.
Hence no inspiration for today’s post.
Lay on my bed (Works for Rod?)
Thought of posting first chapter of new WIP?
Then thought against it.
Decided to post a flash fiction piece so you would have something to read.
Something sensible.
And not disjointed like this drivel.
Challenge was to write a story in less than 250 words using the word ‘skinny.’
I love flashing.
(Don’t be rude)
This one is called “Skinny Genes”


I peer around the curtain. Sarah, who should be out there now, giggles and wobbles on her platforms. She’s been on the Veuve. I point her in the right direction and off she trots.

Showtime. My dresser is a rotund motherly figure who looks nothing like my own mother. Her greying hair holds a medley of spare clips on one side. A pin cushion sits on her ample bosom.
‘Have you eaten?’ she asks, her eyes locking mine.
I shrug.
‘You need to eat. Here.’ She offers a sandwich with a creamy mixture that smells fishy. Tuna, sweetcorn and mayo I decide, ignoring the saliva gathering in my mouth. I stare at it, then wait. Tiny little maggots, white wriggly ones appear in the oily filling. I push it away.
‘You’ll get brittle bones and never be able to have children,’ she shakes her head.
I laugh as she pulls the corset stays, tight, like she’s making a point.

My pony walk perfect, I head down the runway. Flashbulbs. My mother smiles from the first row, though not at me. She looks good, her natural skinny genes aided and abetted by Harley Street’s scalpels. The swarovski crystals on my corset glitter like a mirror ball. I am dazzled. As my mind fills with flesh eating maggots, I seek her out again. Mum? Mummy? She stands up as I fall down. The last thing I see before blackout is her white skinny jeans.

11 comments:

Susie Nott-Bower said...

Love this, Fionnuala. Very, very telling.
Susiex

KatW said...

Powerful flash fiction. Feel emotionally involved.

Enjoy the wonderful feeling of being in lust with a new WIP. It is a great high.

Kat

CarolineG said...

Wow, that's brilliant Fionnuala!
My head is just filled with images from this story...
Well done.

Gillian McDade said...

An enjoyable read, fionnuala!

Debs Riccio said...

Oooh, Fi, I loved that! I was right there with her - what a great flasher you are!!!

Samantha Tonge said...

Yes, great stuff.

Hmm, i'm in the lust stage with my wip at the moment. I'm waiting for it to hit the bad sex mark.

:)

Jenzarina said...

What an appropriate story, given Kate Moss' ridiculous and dangerous comments yesterday.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8368057.stm

Karen said...

Brilliant, powerful and worryingly relevant. More!

Fionnuala Kearney said...

thanks folks. I'm lying on the bed with horrid cold at the mo which I hope passes before some of us meet tomorrow!

Kaity Hall said...

Fantastic! Love it!

Derek said...

A great piece of writing. You manage to pack in so much in so few words!