Flash Fiction: RITE

Every two weeks writers have the chance to take part in Soliloquies Anthology’s Flash Fiction contest. We publish a new single-word writing prompt as a starting point, and you write a story in 300 words or less. This winning story uses the prompt sewer. 


Dear citizens of Victoria, you’ve probably heard some concerns recently about raw sewage in the ocean. This is the RITE (Respectful, Innovative, Tax Friendly, Environmental) Plan, previously Stop a Bad Plan, We Need a Better Plan, Stop a Bad Plan, Go with a Good Plan, as well as the original No Plan. You’ve probably wondered when you flush the toilet, where does it all go? Is my fish in heaven? Will God know I didn’t finish my broccoli? Rest assured, a Victorian toilet will flush straight into the Ocean—-the Georgia Strait, to be particular—-and your lost pets, dinners and other leftovers will be free in the sea. But there are those against this. Why does only the great Victoria have such a plan? Sometimes classic is best. Sharing is caring. Raw is real. So which plan is for you, you are probably wondering. We’ve developed various new sewage options: FU (Flush Undertow), The Better Plan, The Great Plan, God’s plan, The Great Gatsby, Crap Plan, and Flushing Nemo. All have advantages. Raw is the new treated. Treated is the new Raw. It’s a big ocean, after all. Where will poor Nemo travel, you may wonder. With No Plan perhaps to Seattle, Esquimalt, the Arctic, to China. The world is your oyster. The oyster is your toilet. Your toilet is your friend. Your sewage is your business. Keep it raw. Keep it real. When in doubt, flush it out. We have a plan, we’re just not sure what it is yet, and that’s as real as it gets. Your heart will go on, or whatever else is flushed. Who knows where Nemo will end up? Vote RITE, and you won’t be disappointed.

Warning: swimming, fishing or breathing are not recommended. Read directions carefully when ordering a new plan.

Jill Talbot was born in Vancouver, BC. She attended Simon Fraser University for psychology. Since then, Jill has pursued her passion for writing, winning 3rd place for the Aspiring Canadian Poets contest, runner up for the Little Bird Anthology short story contest and 1st place for the Passion Poetry contest. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

For more Flash Fiction prompts and winners, visit soliloquies.ca/flash-fiction