FFfAW– The Odd Thing About the Bench

Posted: February 9, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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Alice found it odd that nobody noticed the bench.

It was in a strange place, far from any of the paths and the crimson paint was out of place amidst the earthy colors of the trees.

It just stood there, like a lonely girl that nobody played with. The paint was chipped and old.

That’s the odd thing, she thought, because the bench wasn’t there yesterday.

The other children and the parents weren’t interested in hearing about the bench. They were never interested in hearing what Alice had to say.

So alone she went, approaching the red seat. With a deep breath, she sat down on it and closed her eyes.

That was when it began to move. Where it was going she couldn’t tell but she was sure it would be better than where she’d left.

Like a girl in a story book, Alice vanished.

Word Count: 146

This is my entry for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, run by Priceless Joy. Thanks to Ady, who provided the photo prompt.


  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Love the subtle foreshadowing you use making me think of Alice in Wonderlamd. I love that book. Seems like Alice maybe going back. Great write.

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  2. Jenn says:

    Take me with you! Great story 🙂

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  3. Ooouu, great story! You could go so many places with this! Magical and wonderful story!

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  4. Shivangi says:

    Wonderful story… The character Alice, the setting, the tone…loved it!

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  5. jademwong says:

    Just like a previous blogger commented, I also thought of Alice in Wonderland as I was reading this story. Well done. I wonder where the bench is taking her 😉

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  6. athling2001 says:

    Cool! I wonder where she will end up and if the bench actually moves or it is just her imagination taking her away.

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  7. A magic bench — like a magic carpet — could take her so many places — “really” or “imaginative” with so many stories as a result!
    Wonderful story telling.

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  8. afairymind says:

    A wonderfully magical story. 🙂 I hope Alice does find the place she’s going to better than the place she’s left.

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  9. rogershipp says:

    My kind of visit to the park! What a great way to travel. Great take on the prompt!

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