Cast Adrift – #FlashFiction

Image courtesy of J S Brand


There’s a dark, empty space inside me that six months volunteering in a Nepalese orphanage does not fill. I’d hoped the wide, bright, smiles of the too thin children, the fierce hugs and the progress we have made would make me feel whole again. It doesn’t.

The summer is spent in the USA teaching sports to disadvantaged children. There’s no ‘I’ in team we chant, and yet I’ve never felt lonelier.

In Cambodia, I dedicate myself to Wildlife Conservation. The elephants stride, trunk to tail.

‘Beautiful, aren’t they?’

I turn towards the voice.

Clear amber eyes lock onto mine. My pulse flutters. This time, I might just stay.


Hurrah – I’ve finished book 4 and while I’m waiting for the edits from my publisher I can’t resist FF. For 48 hours only my latest psychological thriller, The Surrogate, is part of a flash sale across all digital platforms for £0.99/$1.38 – you can grab it on your local Amazon here.

Pop over to Rochelle’s blog and join in with Friday Fictioneers. Post a 100 word story inspired by a photo prompt. 


68 thoughts on “Cast Adrift – #FlashFiction

  1. Have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince… who hopefully does not turn into a toad that you kill off next week! 😉

  2. Some of us take longer to find our thing than others and I remember that sense of missing something when I was younger. Haven’t felt that way for a long time. Now, probably hankering for a bit more time to myself.
    Well written with food for thought.
    xx Rowena

  3. Such a lovely story, Louise. So melancholy, I’m wondering why she was so empty and lacking hope. Lovely ending though – love stirs us anew. Well done on finishing book 4 and so lovely to see you here

  4. Emptiness all consuming, until something different clicks – it’s the moment when it is least expected and isn’t being sought.

    Sensitively written. And I loved the introduction of the elephants – the walking trunk to tail. Very vividly imagined. 🙂

  5. Love the delicacy in your writing. I hope the one with those amber eyes is the missing linking she had been subconsciously searching for.
    Congratulations on finishing book 4.🙂🙂

  6. Congratulations on the book. I missed the flash sale but got the Kindle version. Anything to help out a fellow FF writer, plus i am really into psychological thrillers. This piece was lovely. We all search and hope we find what we are looking for

  7. I’m a hopeless romantic. Here you’ve showcased romance for us in a very unexpected way, Louise. Love at an older age can be more intensely felt than when one is younger. Bravo … for her for continuing to seek what, in actually, was unexpected.
    Isadora 😎

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