N. T. Franklin is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:
A Forest Ablaze
by N. T. Franklin
There wasn’t supposed to be a fight. Not with the woman you were going to marry.
I saw her my first day at the University in an Ecology course. I was in love. Straight blond hair down to the small of her back. She must have brushed it 100 times to get that shine. Her friends called her Mary. I called her My Love.
Friday class was the best time of the week. The first month flew by dreaming of forevers. University was different. High School girls made fun of me when I went to the Prom alone after twenty girls turned me down. I still had a ring and a written proposal.
Then the professor announced that class would be at the University Forest next week. The class was divided into small groups. I wasn’t in My Love’s group, but that didn’t matter. I joined her group, as we were meant to be together. When the group became dispersed, my opportunity came.
“Excuse me, you should see the tracks down this trail.”
She followed me, and when we were alone, I dropped to a knee, opened the ring box, and started my proposal.”
“What? No! Creep! Get away from me!”
She stumbled when I grabbed her leg, and said, “Sicko.”
“Sicko”was the last thing she ever said. The rock was in my hand. The fire should cover up the crime. Maybe University girls are like High School girls. I hope the other students escape the forest fire.