15 minutes – #flashfiction

Image courtesy of J Hardy Carroll



The camera flashes are as dazzling as my smile. Angling my body, I suck in my stomach. All I ever wanted was to be famous.

‘Silly cow.’ You slammed your fist into my face. ‘Ain’t nobody never gonna wanna look at you.’

But you were wrong, weren’t you?

‘How are you going to plead?’ I am asked again. Already the papers are calling me Sleeping Beauty. I’d stabbed you while sleepwalking – allegedly anyhow. Now everyone knows my name. My solicitor says he’ll line up talk shows once I’m acquitted.

I push out my chest as I’m led into the court. It’s my time to shine.


I am ridiculously excited that tomorrow is paperback publication day for The Gift in the UK! I can’t wait to visit the bookshops & supermarkets & see my second psychological thriller on a shelf. Tesco have an exclusive edition with a short story in I’ve written especially for their customers. Don’t think I’ll be getting much sleep tonight!

’15 minutes’ was written for Friday Fictioneers. A weekly 100 word story challenge inspired by a photo prompt. Hop over to host Rochelle’s blog to join in. 

71 thoughts on “15 minutes – #flashfiction

  1. That’s sort of amazing while ebing absolutely terrifying! I could suggest one or two celebs that this might actually be based on, but I won’t. The cold cynicism of a wannabe starlet. Taut and wonderfully written

  2. That’s a very thought-provoking piece. Guilty or innocent? Self defence or murder? What is an appropriate karma for a man who attempts to destroy the self confidence, indeed the whole self-image of a woman? A gripping tale about a character I dislike.

  3. Wow! Wonderfully written . Perhaps,
    that was her last resort.
    Congratulations on the print book release, Louise. Smiling as you celebrate!

  4. I say “Not Guilty” too. He had it coming! So, she could concentrate on what color of shoes to wear to trial. Such as the movie “Chicago”, that husband departed the world prematurely too. Good story!

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