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Three Small Flash Fiction Stories- Flight from Home, Fight with Monkey & Clinging Down Railway Track

Updated on April 18, 2016
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Venkat loves arts and literature and keeps reading books of all genre and developed an interest in writing literary and fictional articles.

What is flash fiction? Writing a flash fiction story

Take some thrilling incidents that can take place in real life which may require immediate decision or action and weave a few lines around it just like my ideas of a dream depicting flight from home and other real incidents of the fight with a monkey or clinging down a railway track. You need not complete the full story. Leave something for readers to conclude or interpret it in their own way. That is flash fiction - telling an incident much appealing to senses and mind within few sentences or phrases.

You will automatically come to understand the meaning and get an idea of flash fiction stories by reading my below narrated three stories of flash fiction.

About the Writing Challenge

Our Hubber friend Chris Mills has issued a challenge to write very small flash fiction stories while writing his Five Short Stories at this link: "Extremely Short Flash Fiction: Three Stories by cam"

He challenged the writers to write any type of small story that is told in very, very few words. Even though he told his stories in a very short manner covering within 50 words or so, he did not prescribe any limit to the participants for the words.

So, I am putting my efforts to tell three thrilling short stories in my own style, taking some exciting and shocking incidents that may happen in real life at times leaving you perplexed for a while.

Flight from Home- A Flash Fiction story

She was walking briskly with despair in that hot summer day. An auto stops. She climbs into it and reaches an isolated deserted temple in that haunting midday and sits in a corner weeping at her fate undecided what to do. A stranger approaches and asks her to come with him. Suddenly, she opens her eyes.

She woke up suddenly
She woke up suddenly | Source

Fight with A Monkey- A Micro Fiction Story

He was descending the stairs along with his wife. Suddenly a monkey attacks at a curve. He gathers all his courage and gives a heavy punch with full force on its face. Monkey gets bewildered. It stares into his eyes and retreats back giving way.

The Monkey

Monkey staring into his eyes
Monkey staring into his eyes | Source

Clinging Down to the Railway Track- Flash Fiction story

It was summer holidays and they were enjoying a walk on the railway track to reach their destination quickly. Suddenly, a train horn sounds from behind and they run for safety. But one of them was not fast enough and the train approached nearer. In a fraction of the second, he hangs himself holding to the cemented portion of the bridge, clinging downwards on water. The train passes while he is still gasping with terror. Never again do they dare to think of committing such feats.

The railway track

The bridge from which the boy had to save himself by clinging down to the cemented edge of the track.
The bridge from which the boy had to save himself by clinging down to the cemented edge of the track. | Source

Cast your Votes

Which of the three stories you liked most?

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Generating Flash Fiction Story

Below is a video which gives you some hints as to generating a story with creative ideas and descriptive words that tell much in very few words. The story should have a main character, a place, a plot or situation that creates excitement and conflict in mind needing quick decision or awakening. You can see in the above stories how the main characters faced unexpected confrontations with a monkey or frightening situations of an approaching train while he is still in the midst of crossing the bridge. The spontaneous reactions in his behavior and the smart actions taken by him tells the story. The result is based according to actions of the person tackling the situation or according to the reader interpreting the story.

How to generate Flash Fiction Ideas

Some Facts about Flash Fiction

  • Flash Fiction stories are considered to be of a length of up to 300 words by some writers whereas others consider even a 1000 word story as flash fiction.
  • Flash fiction stories are further referred to as small flash fiction, micro fiction, short-short stories, very small stories, palm-sized story, sudden fiction, postcard fiction, etc.
  • Whatever may be the length, the main purpose of flash fiction is to tell a story in very fewer words as possible.
  • The length of the story should be so as to be read within very few minutes, say even in a minute or two.
  • It should contain a character, a plot or incident, and a sudden twist at the end.
  • Many writers have even tried micro-micro stories of very few words as 6 words, 12 words and 18-word stories.

Even a picture tells you a short story

Interesting and funny stories
Interesting and funny stories | Source

A famous Six Word Story

"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."

- This story is supposed to be written by Ernest Hemingway.

Some of the Famous Story tellers of Flash Fiction & Short stories

  • Aesop of "Aesop's Fables" who was a slave and storyteller in ancient Greece before 6th century BCE.
  • Japanese Zen teacher Muju of "Zen Koans" or Zen parables, written in the Japanese language during the 13th century and later translated into English in the 20th century.
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Lydia Davis
  • O.Henry
  • Chris Red Martiny
  • Arthur C.Clarke
  • Merrilee Faber
  • David Joseph
  • R.Gatwood
  • B.Mistoda
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Ray Bradbury
  • John Cage
  • Shruti Parthasarathy

One sentence story- "Tomorrow"

"I go through everything in the house, sifting through drawers, books, clothes, collecting regret; tomorrow I'll decide if I should burn the pile or not."

- By Shruti Parthasarathy

Getting Ideas and how to write the story

  • Writers get ideas from observations, incidents, imaginations, and creativity.
  • They observe everything with an eye of how to utilise and plant it in his story.
  • You can watch nature, trees, plants, sky, sea, waterfalls, caves, valleys, mountains, clouds, rains, sun rise, sun set, people, their actions, habits, clothes, eating styles, culture, or animals and their behaviour, or places, events or any stuff that can be the background for your story.
  • Create a plot, run the story, introduce characters, create incidents, give twists, take your readers all along emotionally and excitingly tied up with the characters and then end it with some positive or negative result that leaves the readers wondering about it.


Meeting a writing challenge

So, this is my way of telling stories and I have done my part of meeting the challenge by putting forth my three flash fiction short stories above.

Now, it can be your turn to read and rate my stories and my work.

And, I also hope that most of you, whoever not participated in the challenge till now, will participate and come up with your exciting stories.

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      Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Missy. Flash fiction stories mostly keep us guessing the ending or about the next step that could have taken place.

      Glad to see you love these stories. All the three are actually related to some moments in my life very long back.

      Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Missy Smith 2 months ago from Florida

      I love to read Flash Fiction. I like that yours keeps us guessing, or we could add a little to it from our own view, right?

      The added explanations into flash fiction you have put here will be really helpful to someone who is interested in writing this type, but don't quite know how to start.

      My favorite of yours was the first one. :)

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

      I will be waiting for your something.

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      Hari Prasad S 19 months ago from Bangalore

      I do not know how i missed this hub sir. Impressed and also encouraged to do something in this line soon.

      - hari

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Audrey, for the visit and nice comment and for the blessings. It's so nice of you. And thanks for the following and fan mail.

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      Audrey Selig 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for flash fiction information, Venka. I like the one sentence surprises. I just did my first flash fiction, and appreciate your read and the good information in this hub to help improve this type of writing. Hope you are well and having a great day or night in India. I like to know where folks live. Take care. Blessings, Audrey

      Audrey

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      Sir,adsense earnings cannot be seen on hubpages.For that you will have to go to adsense site.Before this message I sent you a message where I wrote how and what to do to see your adsense earnings.If you have'nt recieved that message I can write the steps again.

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      No Sir,I dont think so hubpages shows adsense earnings.It is an external affiliate program.You will have to go to adsense site to see it.There you can go by typing 'Google adsense login' in google search.By typing this you will find number of links.Choose google adsense login.Now give the email you used to create adsense and the password associated with this email.There,you get google adsense earnings of every second,minute.I think so down below you will find a link to download their app for free.You can also do that.By doing so you will only have to click the app and there you are with your adsense earnings.No need to open site everytime.The only drawback of app i found till now is that it takes some time to load.But aft some time you will be with your earnings.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I check it by clicking the earnings button on top of the statistics page on your left hand side and then clicking earning reports, setting the period as all time instead of week or month.

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      How do you check adsense? I have an adsense app.It is slow but I can check my earnings on it everyday instead of opening the site every time.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Parul. It is there since six months. You must be seeing the ads. But earnings are nominal. Not even a full dollar in a month. But, I am not worried about it. I am here for my writings and my friends, so many nice people here.

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      Your hub was Great.Sir,apka adsense ho gaya?

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      Thanks.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi, Parul! Great to see you today. Thanks for the visits and nice comments and +ones.

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      Wonderful stories!

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      Venkatachari M 24 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nell Rose. I am very happy to see your nice comment. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

      Hi, congrats on completing the challenge, I haven't even tried it yet, so well done! lol! loved your stories, nell

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Chitra. Your comment is of much value to me. Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful small flash fiction stories and I liked all of them. You met the challenge beautifully.

      And you have provided some other interesting information about story tellers as well. I did not know about most of them.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting hub, voted up!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Sara. I am glad at your nice comment. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      All of your stories had great substance and were narrated effectively with a brief selection of words. This is indeed a difficult and yet very interesting subset of flash fiction… you tackled the challenge commendably.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Genna, for visiting my hub and leaving a nice comment. I hope you also can do it. But, to make it a hub you have to fill the other stuff also.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I, too, have found that micro flash fiction is difficult to write, but you do it well. I enjoyed your stories.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nitya, for your visit and comment. I was also thinking it to be a much difficult task. But, took courage and gave a try. You may also try to do it and produce good result.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting and great to read. Flash fiction is difficult to write I have never tried it.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Radhika, for your visit and comment and votes.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Interesting and entertaining stories in this flash fiction. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank You for your kind visit and nice comment. Your feedback is of value for me.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Venkatesh, congratulations on completing this challenge. It is something many people won't even attempt. I liked the first story best. I also loved the list of famous writers who have written flash fiction and the one sentence story by Shruthi Pathasarathi. Overall well done.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, it is simple story in fewer words. Thanks for visit and comment, Tamara.

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      Tamara Wilhite 2 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Flash fiction can be as simple as developing a scenario in your mind, then writing it down.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Marie. My blessings to you.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      You created a top hub VM.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Marie, for your revisit and encouraging and supportive feedback. I am overjoyed reading this comment. I had to fill the content to make it a hub. So, I made some research and collected some important and interesting facts about flash fiction qualities. Videos are available for any matter that you search if you can select the correct ones. So, it turned out to be something exciting even for me.

      Thank you once again for your support.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hi VM, I just had to read the stories again. This time not only did I enjoy the skill of putting so much in so few words, but I also noted the mastery of the hub.

      You have included - apart from good material of course - bulletted information three times over, a quiz, images, video and an image that in itself tells a story. You could not have done anything better VM. Well done. You truly deserve top marks. . . .

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Lawrence, for your visit and commenting.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Enjoyed the stories

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Oh, come on Chris. No need for all this forgiving and regret. I simply wanted to know your feedback and so I thought of reminding you. Now, I am happy that I have done it well to meet your expectations with appealing stories. And to fill the gap for minimum hubpages requirements, we have to do all that exercise and thereby enrich ourselves also with more enlightening information.

      Thank you very much for giving your valuable feedback on my humble attempt.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Venkatachari M, forgive me for taking so long to come by and comment on your stories. I read them yesterday on my phone while at work and just realized I had not commented at the time. You have responded to my challenge very well. All three stories grab the readers' emotions. All of the elements of a story are present in each. I have to say that the final story was my favorite. The two were having such a relaxing walk, and then the train came what would I do in such a situation? hanging form a railway, waiting for a train to pass would be terrifying. A monkey attack? I've seen a monkey in a zoo, but never where one could attack. The woman in the first story was in such distreess and it comes across powerfully. Thanks for creating exciting stories in response to my challenge. The information about flash fiction was helpful as well. Great job.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Alicia, thank you very much for visiting and commenting.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Dora, for your visit and nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Dana, for your visit and nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi, Marie! I am filled with joy at your appreciation of my work. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment. Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the stories and the information, Venkatachari. Your hub is both enjoyable and educational.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the notes on flash fiction and the stories with which you demonstrated the genre. I learned much from your article.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I liked all three, but the one about the monkey was my favorite. Great writing.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hi VM, What a great achievement!! You do amaze me with your wide ranging writing! These three mini-stories are fascinating. Yet, you have also coupled it with detailed info about flash-writing. The best of both worlds. Great project VM. I enjoyed it all.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Larry, for your visit and comment.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Loving the flash fiction. Great writing.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Eric, I am honoured with your comment to know you liked all three stories and my presentation also. It is thrilling experience for me. Thank you very much for your visit and such nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, I am glad to see your first comment once again. I felt much joy in accomplishing this challenge successfully. Writing is so great. You can do whatever you like with it. Thanks for your comment. I will be waiting eagerly to read your flash fiction stories.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I liked them all. You explain the art of the very short story very well with great examples, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done my friend. I have mentioned before that flash fiction is a difficult genre. Very hard to write a complete story in so few words. I have never tried doing it but I suspect I will soon.

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