Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A to Z: I - Ignition & Irritate

My A to Z Challenge: Flash fiction written using two words and a photo for inspiration. How did I chose the words? First I brought up a noun list for each letter, then averted my eyes, scrolled the mouse down, stopped and double-clicked. That was the word! The second word was chosen the same way but from a dictionary list of words.
NOTE: Photos are from free to use photo sites such as and No attribution necessary.

She struck the first match on the matchcover, nothing. The second sputtered and went out. She only had six left. Her hands shook. Another try. No good. She held her breath, counted to ten, irritated that she couldn't do this.

Finally a match lit and she savored the familiar and comforting smell. She used it to light the others. "One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Ignition complete!" She sat in the sand beside them, watching them slowly burn out.

"Extinguishment commencing." She counted them down until only one was left burning. She quietly intoned her version of the beloved childhood rhyme.

Fire light, fire bright,

Last fire I've seen tonight.

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have this wish I wish tonight.
She closed her eyes and made a wish as the fifth match flickered and went out. She stood and brushed the sand off her shorts and walked away from the beach to the tree line where she had built her temporary encampment. After putting more fuel on her fire. she sat on the palm mat she had woven and watched the setting sun.

She spoke into the encroaching darkness. "Well, that's that. I gave it my best. Hopefully someone will arrive and rescue me and soon!"

Stay Calm and Read Flash Fiction!



  1. Interesting story! I enjoyed reading it. :)

  2. If she really needs rescuing, she should've saved those matches!

    My blogs in the A to Z: Self discovery via travel and a separate Interactive story.

  3. Hi Donna! I couldn't get the story of the little matchgirl out of my mind after reading this. Associations!

    1. Believe it or not, I had to work to not think about it, too!

  4. Nice reveal at the end. I hope someone may have seen those flickering matches!

  5. Hope she figures out how to rub sticks together now that her matches are gone.

    Emily In Ecuador


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