I’m back to digging through some of the older Flash Fiction pieces again. This week, I’ve been reminiscing over fire.
As it’s been cold up here in Frosty Wisconsin, is there any wonder why my thoughts were turning to extreme heat sources?
The flash piece below was my offering for Flash! Friday’s 2014 anniversary celebration…and was the 2nd piece I officially submitted to their weekly frenzy. I have to admit – I was shocked senseless when my entry was chosen as one of the 12 semi-finalists. Now, I don’t have access to the original photograph, but it was stunning. A small building (think: cabin in the deep woods) fully engulfed in flame in the dead of night. I do remember they had a strict word count on this one (150 words on the nose…no more, no less) and the usual 24 hour time period to submit.
I can’t believe I never slipped this up on the T&T – it’s one of my favorite pieces of flash.
And, accompanying the piece is not my usual flash banner – the image is one I got a mind-shot of when someone on Google+ shared a picture of a close up of the front grille of a pot-bellied stove. I just had to create something in ‘Shop to bring that vision to life. One of my first attempts at actual drawing in ‘shop. I think it turned out well 🙂
Orange against black. Subtle licks of cerulean, scarlet, saffron and emerald flare into being to vanish in an instant without a trace. Elongated fingers of incandescence stretch into the void to momentarily paint their essence onto the obsidian night sky.
It is alive with movement – sliding, shifting, waving, weaving – its hypnotic, primal dance both beautiful and terrible as it crafts a timeless, mesmerizing, elemental ballet of destruction.
The voice of combustion, a low, throaty growling howl of clean air transformed to sweltering luminescence, whispering secret desires into the ears of those who worship it.
They listen, comprehending the flare’s song in that most primitive portion of the brain. They stare, glassy-eyed and slack-jawed, into the complex twisting leap and swirl of the living flame. They are powerless to resist the compelling demands of spark, ember, pyre.
Some men just need to watch the world burn.