FTP 1 Listless

Resting on the headstone the woman waited at twilight, a glow from her cigarette the only light. The smoke a listless swirl joins the clouds. As darkness falls, the difference is indiscernible. Finally, the gate creaks, her husband strolls; flowers for his grave.

“I knew it, you bastard!”

She raises her shovel, crushes his head and buries him in the plot marked as his final resting place. You can’t kill a dead man.


Flash in the Pan is brought to you by the amazing Red of M3 fame. This week’s word is listless. The word limit is 75 words. This one comes in at 74.


  1. Is it wrong that I smiled at the end of this one?

  2. akismet-069f82b6d320654603807f0aa4a9f1e9 says:

    Excellent! Xx

  3. wooo! What a flash my friend 🙂

  4. You managed a lot of visuals in just a few short words. Very interesting.

  5. singleworkingmomswm says:

    Wow, I loved this, Val! Hmmmm, I’m feeling a bit satisfied after reading it, too. I must be harboring some sort of slight animosity towards the male variety, hardeeharhar…Oh, there I go again, chuckling. Nope, guess there’s no animosity, just sheer splendor in the irony of your words. Great piece! XOXO-SWM

  6. He’s so vain, he brings himself flowers.

  7. Wow … all that in 75 words!

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    GREAT last line, Valentine. This is just so clever, saying so much so briefly. I fully saw the images – great writing. Happy new year 🙂

  9. Androgoth says:

    This is awesome my great friend and isn’t it
    exciting what a good smack on the head with
    a hefty shovel can achieve? 🙂

    Hey metaphorically speaking of course, I wouldn’t
    want any of your other friends thinking that I was a
    ghoul or something 😦 lmao


    Have a lovely Monday
    Val my sweet lovely friend 🙂

    Andro xxx

    • Thank you Andro. It was actually quite fun to join Reds FTP writing, a new challenge to creativity.

      • Androgoth says:

        Yes I sort of joined by accident as I only really added mine as a way of kick-starting Red’s idea, it was only afterwards that she mentioned the FTP’s being entered into the books that this is what she was wanting, so it was a nice surprise for me. It is rather crazy but I never really liked the thought of FTP writing so it has been interesting 🙂

        You are a natural of course 🙂

        Andro xxx

        • I am just letting you know that my Space
          has been closed but I would still like to be
          able to call by and read your postings and
          add some comments if that is alright? 🙂

          Oh and be good or else? 😉 lol

          Andro xxx

  10. LOVE IT! WooHoo! Welcome to the FTP! ❤

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