From My Body, Flowers Shall Grow, one of the winners of 1000 Words‘s latest flash fiction competition, is now live. Hope you enjoy!
From My Body, Flowers Shall Grow
It is 4.23pm on a Sunday and she lies beneath three elm trees, waiting to be found. A beetle with an iridescent shell scales a stalk of grass next to her ear. By now, police departments across the county have her name and her last-known location. But for her, this is the end, not the beginning of the story.
At 5.47pm, a blue Volvo will pass within 20 feet of her at an illegal but efficient 56 miles per hour. The driver, a rangy middle-aged man by the name of Eric, will switch radio stations as the familiar jingle announces the afternoon’s news. He will barely recall driving down this road by the time she is found.
At 8.32pm, the sun will set. It will be 12 hours and 14 minutes until police find her here, naked and bruised in the long grass. Her long hair and white skin keep her in the media, her parents’ tears playing over and over on the news. It will take another 17 days until the man who left her here is caught.
For her, there is only peace. For those left behind, this is the beginning, not the end, of the story.