Drinking – 100 Word Flash Fiction

Photo prompt © Ronda Del Boccio

My heart sinks.

He’s been drinking again.

This I know from the flash of anger in his eyes, the purposeful way he strides towards me. My knees tremble as I stand my ground. Last time he threw my favourite ornament at me and it shattered as it hit my head. It left a scar.

I still love him.

He never drinks at home.

He’s been with her.

She enables him.

She loves him too.

But I wish my mother would stop giving my two-year-old orange squash.

He can’t cope with the additives.

I can’t cope with his personality change.


It’s been months since I last took part in Friday Fictioneers. I’ve been so busy launching my 5th psychological thriller ‘The Family‘ but thought I’d join in the fun again today before I get stuck into the structural edit for next year’s release ‘The Stolen Sisters.’

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly 100-word flash fiction challenge inspired by a photo prompt and hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Read the other entries and/or submit your own story here

69 thoughts on “Drinking – 100 Word Flash Fiction

  1. enjoyed that one Louise, I’ve written a lot of drabbles and it’s not easy coming up with the tight story in so few words, conveying the emotion and managing a twist- so this one took me by surprise. thanks

    • Thanks Aylson. It’s taken lots of practice. I was SO terrible to start with but the constructive feedback from the Friday Fictioneers community really taught me how to write. I’m not sure if I’d be published today without this challenge! I’m very grateful to it.

  2. I was led into believing this was a case of domestic abuse, nice gently twist. If only we could hold two year olds responsible – the little horrors, you can only love them. Mind you, perhaps mother is jealous!

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