Cutting Words


“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Tara swiped peach gloss over her bottom lip again.

Allie thrust the crumpled paper at Tara.

“What is that?” Tara laughed.

“I know you wrote this. About Cindy.”

“Who?” Tara checked the mirror one last time, smoothed a hair into place, and started to walk away. Allie grabbed her wrist.

“What is your issue? Take your crazy out on someone else.”

“It’s your fault if she goes through with it,” Allie called after her.


Allie’s phone buzzed. A text from Cindy:
I’m alive. Plan 2 stay that way. C U 2nite.



April 8 Prompt: Write a renewal story that proclaims “This isn’t the end; I will go on.”

Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch

14 thoughts on “Cutting Words

  1. Ouch, didn’t see that one coming! Hurrah for Cindy ignoring the voices of those bitchy girls. Great depth in this flash, Sarah


  2. Meanness is honed in girls of that age. Great details, like the application of peach gloss and mirror checking. Your flash represents the trio suppression, fighting back and surviving. I guess that’s part of what we learn, isn’t it ?


    • Holy crap. Really? In 99 words, you’ve mined some gold. The trio. I’m using that, if you don’t mind. That is what we learn. Though, as the reader, you’re the one who consciously realized that. Thanks. 🙂


  3. I’m so pleased that Cindy is not going to let the bullying Tara take her down, and that her friend Allie had the courage to stand up in support of her. (Allie – an aptly chosen name?)
    You’ve told a lot about a bullying situation that has become quite worrying with use of technology – the bullies are no longer limited by space. Great flash.


    • Thanks. 🙂 I love character names. Too obvious? Allie?
      I purposefully used a note. I wanted to get away from cyberbullying. It would have been so much easier to imagine a text being sent throughout the school in a matter of minutes but I wanted to leave a bit to the readers’ imagination as to where this went (and how quickly).


  4. Geez, I’ll never get girls. If only they’d learn to beat the crap out of each other… oh wait, that starts world wars when men are in charge. Ok, the Dog gets to the be president. Love the flash


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