The following work of flash fiction has been submitted to the “81 Words Challenge.” If you’d like to try your hand at telling an epic tale in just 81 words, click here.
From my first breath I’ve dreamed of writing. My parents devoured books, and as I grew up I knew what I would offer the world.
I would write.
Now, it’s here. The long days and sleepless nights, the effort, tears and pain – all sit before me, wrapped in a neat leather-bound volume. With trembling fingers, I hold it close. I trace the letters of my name, smell the wonderful pages.
And weep bitterly.
My life, it seems, has reached its conclusion.