Flash Fiction: The Chimes

Allison Maruska

After an unintentional break (thanks to unexpected road trips and catching up on post-vacation tasks), I’m more than ready to jump back into flash fictioning. I can think of no better way to do that than with this week’s prompt over at Carrot RanchIn 99 words (no more, no less) use sound to create a story. Just as you might “see” a scene unfold, think about how it might sound. Even one sound to set the tone is okay.

Mine ended up being creepier than I initially imagined. Enjoy!

The Chimes


A familiar chord greets me as I step onto the curb. Amazing those old wind chimes carry this far. As the Uber drives away, I stare at my childhood home. Its color has faded in the past twenty years.

But that E-chord still sounds, not as cleanly but definitely as present. I follow it across the dead grass…

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