As I pondered a story idea for my next 99-word flash piece, two more ideas coalesced into something I can only hope I will do justice in such a short space.
First, the story. Under that I’ll offer some background.
I squeeze my hankie as I approach the massive cathedral. The veins in my old hands stand out, and my husband’s words echo in my mind: You’re one of the only ones left. Who else will attend the service?
I ignored him. The woman created an escape from the ghetto. Because she rebelled, I lived.
Even if I’m alone, I have to attend.
A young man opens the door for me, and I freeze at the threshold.
The foyer is packed wall-to-wall with people, families of those she saved. Smiles and tears coexist.
Because she rebelled, we all live.
This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch is this: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme, “women create.”
While chewing on an idea for that, my email pinged. Chuck Wendig had issued his flash fiction challenge, his prompt being this: Write about rebellion.
I like to combine challenges into one story, so I started thinking of ways to merge the two. Then, I checked Twitter, where #HolocaustMemorialDay is trending. It reminded me of the story about Irena Sendler, who smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of a Polish ghetto before they could be transferred to a concentration camp (click on her name to read more about her. Have tissues handy.)
While fiction, my flash piece is inspired by Irena’s actions. Even if I had 100,000 words, I’m not sure I could have done her justice.