Welcome to a piece of Wednesday Word’s flash fiction on Darkling Dreams!
A good friend of mine, P.T. Wyant, is doing a blog post every Wednesday called Wednesday Words with a new prompt for a bit of flash fiction writing, just to get in the habit of writing something, anything. (Even if said flash fiction is complete garbage at the time. Garbage is better than nothing though, right?) If you’re looking for some inspiration yourself or just something to aimlessly write, then go check out her blog for this week’s prompt!
With that being said, I am going to share what I came up with for this week’s flash fiction prompt based off a three word combination prompt. So here is my very rough around the edges minute of inspiration based off her prompt. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!
(Please excuse any errors you may see, I said it was rough around the edges.)
The two girls giggled as they peeked down the hall both ways, then shut the bathroom door like they had some secret, trying to shush each other’s giggles and squeals of excited mischief so their parents wouldn’t hear them.
The youngest one bounced up and down to the tub and pushed the shower curtain aside, giving another amused squeal.
“Mary!” the older sister whisper-hissed. “Shhh! We can’t wake mum and dad up or they’ll make us get rid of it!”
“But it’s so cute!” She leaned over the tub full of water and poked at the squishy, slimy octopus. She squealed again at the texture of its skin. “It feels funny, Miranda!”
Her sister rolled her eyes and came up to her side, kneeling down and then almost hesitantly reaching out to touch the sea creature as well. She had found it stranded in the shallows on the beach an hour or so ago, tucked it into her sand bucket, and hauled it home to put in the tub. It was small, baby small, but she had thought it was adorable and wanted to keep it as a pet.
The octopus’ tentacles were slithering around, suction-cupping to the sides of the tub lazily. It seemed a bit slow to the girls, but they thought nothing of it.
“What should we name him?” Miranda asked, tilting her head at the tiny creature.
“Tentacles!” Mary giggled.
“Nooo,” she whined in protest. “That’s so boooring. We need something good.”
“Okay! Mr. Tentacles!”
Miranda groaned and smacked herself in the face. “No, Mary. No Tentacles.”
The younger sibling frowned, pursing her lips in deep thought and making a funny face as she scrunched her nose up. Both girls were silent as they watched the reddish-brown octopus flounder its many limbs.
“Nessie!” Mary finally exclaimed happily, and loudly.
“Shhh!” She clamped her hand over her sister’s mouth who licked her hand, making Miranda immediately pull her hand back to stick her tongue out at her. “No, she’s not a monster.”
Mary stuck her tongue out right back at her and turned her attention back to the sea creature, poking it a few more times when it went still. It flopped a tentacle against her arm from the action and she pulled back quickly, laughing at the suction cup feeling that tickled. Miranda frowned, knowing her sister had no capacity for being quiet. They were bound to wake up their parents in the early dawn hours.
Mary frowned and sat back, pulling her nightgown over her knees. She rested her arms on the tub’s edge and peered at the creature. Another few minutes passed in silence with only the splashing of the water to break it, then Mary gasped and her face lit up.
She bounced up to her feet and quickly exited the room, skipping off down the hall. Miranda watched her go in confusion, her eyes on the door as she waited. She could hear her sister making noise in her room as she no doubt looked for something and she inwardly cringed. Mum and dad were going to be so mad if they woke up to find an octopus in the bathtub.
Moments later, she heard Mary’s feet padding down the hall as she came back holding a small brass band, like a play piece of jewelry. She smiled brightly and dropped back beside her sister, reaching out and putting the band on top of the octopus’ head. She giggled.
“I dub thee Princess Inky!” she exclaimed in an overdramatic air closely resembling all the Disney movies she watched.
Miranda actually laughed this time, smiling back to her sister. “Perfect!”
They both heard a thud through the thin walls down the hall and instantly went silent, looking back towards the slightly ajar door. The light of the bathroom flooding out in the dim hallway.
“Quick! Hide!” Miranda whispered.
Mary got up and shut the door to snuff out the light, though she could do nothing for what seeped under the crack of the door, then came scurrying back over. Miranda had grabbed a hand towel and picked up the small octopus from the tub, wrapping it up and cradling it to her chest like a baby doll.
“In the tub!” Mary whispered, for the first time managing to be quiet. She didn’t hesitate as she splashed into the water, soaking her nightgown.
“Girls?” a sleepy voice called from the hallway.
“Quick!” Mary waved her sister in with her, then yanked the shower curtain closed and both hunkered down in the water. “We forgot the light!”
Footsteps echoed to them and then stopped in front of the bathroom door. The troublemakers took a sharp intake of breath as they heard the door jiggle and open, then saw the shadowy silhouette of their mother against the curtain.
Their mother stepped up to the tub and pulled the curtain back, only to stop cold. She was certainly awake now as she stared at her two girls standing in the tub full of water with innocent grins, soaking wet, and an octopus in Miranda’s arms.
“What in the world?!”
Now you can find this flash fiction work and others on my profile on Wattpad! Click here for my profile and go dive into a sea of Shards of Imagination!
Also, as I work to play catch up from my latest computer crash, I will be posting the Shards of a prompt I missed from May and June directly to Wattpad each week. That means two Shards every week! Those old prompts will not be posted to my blog so if you wish to see the old one of the week, you’ll have to hop on over to my profile on Wattpad.
The next oldest one from May 18th went live on Monday. You can find Dancer Feet on Wattpad!