Trying my hand at another tiny piece of fiction using the prompt from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch Communications:
“In 99 words (no more, no less) write a travel horror story.”
You Get The Picture
“On you go Mrs Pierce”
He helped her settle her gown in place before leaving.
She kept perfectly still and closed her eyes. There was a slight jolt as she started to move. Her heart raced again with anticipation. She took a deep breath and blew out slowly.
Lulled by the imperceptible hum of the moving machinery and only occasionally aware she was travelling under the metal above her – the 20 minutes passed soon enough.
He came back with a strained smile “All done, Mrs Pierce. Oncology will call you soon” and helped her down from the bone scanner.
Hi, I’m Lisa and in 2000, aged 34, I was diagnosed with terminal sarcoma and given less than 6 months to live. After floundering around getting my head around cancer not being as curable as the adverts of the time were suggesting, I delved into an unknown and for me, a then uncomfortable world of 'alternative' therapies.
I'm now 51 and still here. As my oncologist said at one point, I'm an 'experiment of one' which means no scientist would like to draw conclusions! However, I am far from alone in getting success from looking to diet and mind-body techniques to help my body to do its own healing. I’m writing my story for anyone who wants some inspiration or understanding of what being in this situation is all about. Writing it is slow going so I'm using this blog to keep me company as well as discuss the challenges of writing about it all.
If I manage to inspire just one person to feel a bit more in control of their own situation, it will all have been worthwhile.
May 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm
Despite the title, I didn’t twig where your story was going till the poignant shock of the last line. An effective piece of flash fiction.
May 11, 2014 at 10:28 am
Thanks Teagan – I hoped it would work like that but as we’ve lived a bit too close to this, my other half got it at ‘gown’!
May 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm
Fab, Lisa, a great take on the prompt. certainly a travel horror story in my book.
May 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Thanks Anne, thought I’d draw on what I know to help me define the exercise!
May 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm
You did it! Wonderful interpretation of the prompt–traveling to and “through” the medical journey. A horror, indeed and you make the reader feel as if it were happening in the moment. Great flash writing!
May 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm
Thanks Charli – Might always look for a personal twist to narrow down the options and exercise my memoir muscle! Looking forward to more.