FFfAW- The Meaning of Red

Posted: October 28, 2015 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Here’s my entry to this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers!

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Word Count: 150

It’s funny, Jane thought as she slumped across the small table, how many kinds of red there are.

There was the red of her dress: shining, bright. It was cheerful and elegant, but there was still that slight hint of danger.

There was the red of the room: the deep crimson. It was darker, subtler, more refined, but there was still the primal nature beneath it.

Then there was the red of her lipstick: seductive, entrancing. That was the purest red, she decided. It was primitive and pure, speaking of blood and love.

The light flickered. It was a pure white, like snow and new beginnings.

New beginnings. The words echoed in her mind. Do I get one of those?

She could feel the poison sweeping through her. Everything apart from her mind was numb now.

Red. She would have smiled if she could. Red for danger. Red for death. 

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Comments
  1. Excellent! I love how you focused your story around the color red. Too bad she took her life at the end. I’m assuming that is what she is doing which means she probably doesn’t get a new beginning.

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  2. Jenn says:

    Haunting and well-written.

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  3. I read past the first sentence. Thank you.

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  4. This has such a sad ending JA, a build up to the personas own end, but you wrote it very well…

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  5. Sonya says:

    I like the ambiguity here. Did she poison herself or was she poisoned? Good stuff!

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  6. justmaria says:

    That last line… J.A., your story left me wanting for more. Such suspense!

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  7. Alka Girdhar says:

    Nice story – suspense and sadness…
    I too centered one of my previous flash fiction stories around red. But that was an obsessive trait in the character..

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  8. Deb says:

    Poor Jane’s going to see black real soon…I love all your interpretations of red, creative and insightful.

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