Moment Flash

The “Moment Flash” category is a series of flash works of 150 words or less.

Moment Flash – Nicole Aruck

We have another Moment Flash entry up for reading tonight; the author of this work is Nicole Aruck!

Thousands of miles away,

Yet, it feels like you’re here.

We sit underneath the stars,

Watching the Red Moon.

This night I hold dear to my heart,

As for once, we can share the same sight.

Three years down the road,

Time goes so fast.

As we are starring at the moon it all comes back.

The moment we met forever changed my life,

I wouldn’t take it back,

As you are now a big part of my life.

The crazy thing is,

We have never even met.

Talking on the phone every night,

You get to know a person well.

You are my best friend, lover, and some could say my better half,

The Red Moon that I see is just a reminder of that.

Keep me close to your heart darling as we are miles apart,

I will be there shortly,

To kiss you goodnight.

Author: Nicole Aruck

Posted by Erin Brewer in Moment Flash, Student Work

Moment Flash – Caitlyn Sprague

Welcome back; today’s our next Moment Flash installment! Our author for this installment is Caitlyn Sprague.

I am sitting in a lawn chair, staring around the fire at my family. The fresh summer woods and smell of our camp fire permeate the air. To my left my two girls are playing with rocks and sticks—the way I played as a kid with my sisters, using our imaginations and playing outdoors from sun up till sun down. My parents, sister, my fiancé and I sit circled around the fire sharing funny stories and memories. Summer is winding down and fall is creeping in, causing the air to be cool and crisp. Our hoodies and the fire keep us warm. The sun is sinking lower in the sky. It is a perfect day, and how could it not be? Here surrounded by nature and my family. It is quiet, it is peaceful.

Author: Caitlyn Sprague

Posted by Erin Brewer in Moment Flash, Student Work

Moment Flash – Annie Livingston

We of The Finger are back with our third installment of the Moment Flash series! For those who are new, the Moment Flash consists of flash works approximately 150 words or less that capture a moment in time. Tonight’s work is written by Annie Livingston.

I walk along paths lit by lanterns, ferns, and a sliver of moonlight,
towards voices in the distance. The wet stones are slippery and cold underfoot. Steam from the springs rises up and dusts my bare arms and back, making them tingle with cold.

I reach the pool where my friends are, appearing as shadowy figures. I wade into the water, and the warmth surrounds my feet instantly, making the rest of my body crave it too. I wade in up to my hips, then chest and shoulders.

Feeling brave, I take a deep breath, the moist air dampening my lungs, and dip my head under. Underneath the water is so peaceful. I should be afraid here, in a dark hot spring, miles from any city, but I have never felt safer.

Running out of air, my head breaks through the water’s surface and I look up to the stars.

Author: Annie Livingston

Posted by Erin Brewer in Moment Flash, Student Work

Moment Flash – “12 ¾ inches”

Welcome, and welcome back! Tonight we’re publishing the second installment of our Moment Flash series, written flash works that capture a moment of time in 150 words or less. Tonight’s piece, “12 ¾ inches”, was written by Connor Keihl.

Flickering white and red, soaring through waves of blue and white. Left foot twitches, spinning backwards, crossing the right. Black leather meets my body, hugging the inside of my left arm and breast. Long legs leaping over the neatly groomed green. Spinning completely around, my back to them all, because who knows? Today I might be Willie fucking Mays. The flickering red and white has grown in its descent. My left arm twists to the right, reaching in desperation, hoping its long length will make up for my tired legs. Black leather soars, its web extended wide, but twelve and three-quarter inches aren’t long enough today. The score: 3-0 at the end of the first.

Author: Connor Keihl

Posted by Erin Brewer in Moment Flash, Student Work

Moment Flash – “Your Words”

This year, we’re starting a new series of writing – the “Moment Flash” series. Here, all the works published are approximately 150 words or less – it’s a moment of time, captured in writing. This is the first entry of the series!

I continued watching the tiny, nondescript screen of my phone, waiting for a reply with bated breath. He wasn’t acting like himself in these conversations, and hadn’t been all night; his expressiveness was, admittedly, a little disconcerting. My heart had been beating harder than usual, a blend of long-lingering romantic devotion and a more sudden, platonic concern. Saying you were sick of betrayal, tired of your downtrodden life, outright pleading for me not to leave by name – my actual, birth name, not the pseudonym I typically present – how was I supposed to react? What were you truly trying to say? The next message arrived, split into thirds due to sheer length. An echo of a previous message I sent, “…I value you more than words could ever express accurately.” The lines he was skirting during this entire conversation were crossed; I could no longer ignore the implications.

Author: Starr Cole

Posted by Erin Brewer in Moment Flash, Student Work