Flash Fiction Challenge: Serving “Justice”

In response to PJ’s photo prompted Flash Fiction challenge (75 – 175 words). Special thanks to Dawn M. Miller for the photo.

Tennis Court

Beaten, battered, scrambled, torn. My life is worn by a stranger with my face. A stranger who accepts peace in installments. Dammit, he’s home again.


Emboldened by fallacies, my beloved strikes me from night to morn. Wait it out. Wait for the front door to slam, for the picture frames to cease their shaking, before I sneak away.


Hank tosses over a racket; I catch it by hand. He teaches me to be strong, teaches me to stand. The tennis court contradicts my life in the sand. Reshaping, I somehow rise in the ranks.


Taste of life, taste of power. I’m weary of the war, the box, his seed. The sores for all to see and feed. Launch and smack the ball; grow weak, for a reason. Oh, if you only knew how the ball sails far beyond where my worries sink.


Empowered and enraged, I slam the front door. For once, this floor becomes my stage. I throw my bag down, grip my racket, and refuse my sweet beloved’s cage. And in court, I make sure to give Hank my thanks.

(186 words, eek! ^^’  😳)

20 comments on “Flash Fiction Challenge: Serving “Justice”

  1. I like how you say tennis sails past her worries. I’m glad she has an outlet for her rage and what is happening in her personal life.

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  2. Wow! A wonderful story and all in 14 sentences. (I might have to recount that but that’s what I counted). Awesome! Thank you for participating and I really hope you will continue. 🙂

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  3. This was lovely. It was incredibly moving. I hope it’s fiction! Glad it ended well for her. I love the use of short sentences, I sometimes think that I over use them all the time.

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    • Thanks for reading and expressing your reaction! I understand your dilemma (about short sentences). I have to remind myself that as with all things, too much of a “good” thing may become a “bad” thing. Then again, there are exceptions to that rule. It all depends on what you’re writing, and if short sentences are your style, then they’re your style ^_^

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  4. That was awesome.

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  5. This is a great piece of writing, izzy. It’s so nicely laid out on the page and reads almost like a poem.

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    • Thank you so much. And I agree; it does read almost like a poem. I couldn’t help myself. ^_^ If that’s where the river’s flowing, that’s where the river’s flowing. Hopefully that makes sense!


  6. This is an excellent piece of writing, I enjoyed very much!

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  7. Awesome write…you wrote it out like a ballad…great job!!! And it was very realistic…good for her…awesome ending!!

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  8. This is very poetic. I liked how you got a feeling for what the MC is feeling. And how she uses something she enjoys to find strength. I really hope she leaves her current love for Hank!

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  9. This is excellent Izzy. I love how you used the tennis/court as a metaphor for life and dealing with its challenges. Well done.

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  10. This was excellently written. It read almost like a poem of life. Glad she found tennis and empowerment on and in the court(s).

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