Ode to Clarice – Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: Ode to Clarice
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story about Clarice.
Word count:  99 words

grayscale photography of woman sitting on chair

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Her obituary shocked me. The journalist revealed a woman I had never known. Who was this glamorous enchantress, this caster of spells and literary legend?

I caught her scribbling in her notebook either early in the morning, or sometimes late at night. She would look at me, smile, unceremoniously fold her pen within the pages, and conceal her secrets. By day she was nothing more than a middle-class wife and mother.

I discovered what she had shared with the world, unbeknownst to me. Ghost-haunted words portrayed silent and silenced women. I wept for Clarice. And I wept for me.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

19 thoughts on “Ode to Clarice – Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. people who cross our paths have an aura, I get that sometimes, and I think we had discussed it before about making up stories about the people we see in cafes. you did a great job of creating a persona here, from the photo we get a visual feed but your story adds another dimension. I am more intrigued about what she wrote. Journals are hidden treasures. gosh you created goosebumps, its that good my friend!

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