“The Wrath of Olympus” – Friday Fictioneers – Flash Fiction

This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields on her blog, Addicted to Purple.  Check out her blog and click on the blue InLinkz frog below to read other stories and to add your own.

JPhoto Prompt Copyright Roger Bultot

Photo Prompt Copyright Roger Bultot

The Wrath of Olympus

(100 words)

We watched the building burn.

“How did the fire start?”

I saw again that strange, terrible face; the lightning strike, impossibly near.  I looked to our mother, impossibly beautiful, even covered in soot.  She wasn’t supposed to survive.  None of us were, but even gods are fallible.  So our mother taught us.

“I said no,” she said.

The official asked another question, but she beckoned us to her, and even numb with shock, we came.

“We won’t return,” she said.  “Tell the landlord we’re sorry.”

Against his protest, our mother touched all three of us, whispered, and we were gone.

17 thoughts on ““The Wrath of Olympus” – Friday Fictioneers – Flash Fiction

  1. I can read so much into this, Emily … For me the key issue is the mother’s impossible beauty, together with the fact that she said, ‘No’. I love the intriguing opening line to describe the cause of the fire and the phrase, ‘even gods are fallible’, is lovely. Beautifully written piece. 🙂

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  2. So short, so interesting. The mother is mysterious, abrupt and capable of defying a God. My mind is running with the future possibilities. Might one of the Goddesses take pity on her and assist the family in their plight?
    I love how your stories always have a hook. Thanks.

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