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 jealousy.
Hannah McConnell is on TV again. She’s being interviewed on the morning news. She’s doing some kind of Arctic walk to raise money for African kids or something. People often ask me if I’m happy for her. I tell them that I am, and that’s sort of true. But I also, with all my heart, hope she gets eaten by a polar bear.
Before you start judging me, I don’t a hundred percent want her to die. If she did meet an untimely end in the Arctic, would I say a little prayer of thanks to Jesus? Probably, but that doesn’t mean I’m not also happy for her. The world isn’t black and white, you know. It’s shades of grey. It’s like the little angel and devil on your shoulder. You might listen to one over the other from time to time. I have to say, since I got fired, my angel’s been slacking off.
I haven’t heard from Hannah in a long while. She dropped me like a stone once she made the move to television. I guess she’s busy, though. She’s on TV a lot, especially in the daytime. Can’t seem to escape that little face of hers. I was really excited for her at the beginning. I was proud of her. I tried to tell her as much, many times.
Our college professor used to tell me that I was the most talented in my class – the best writer, the most natural on camera. “I shouldn’t really be saying this,” he’d say, “but there’s only one place you’re going, and that’s to the top.”
Hannah was in the middle, but she got better, thanks to me. I carried her through that course. Did she ever thank me? Not in any real way. Only with words.
Mark Rowland is a journalist and project manager based in London. He is currently unemployed and looking for things to do. He loves music, cinema, making food and words.
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