Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Have Sent You Flowers - Flash Fiction

The Seeds That Are Sown: 1


You probably don't remember me, but I have been thinking about you. Even more since the class reunion notice came in the mail.

I saw you again just the other day, and you were even more strikingly beautiful than when we first met, all those years ago. Perhaps you will recall that day, but I doubt it. In fact I'd stake my very life on it.

It looks like you have done well for yourself! Expensive clothes suit you, and as you passed by a faint wisp of fragrance curled about me, and I couldn't help but breathe you in. Delicious, although not quite what I would have chosen. I wanted to reach out and touch you, say hello, but I know how you enjoy a little romance, so I thought I would send you a letter and flowers instead. I remember how you adored orchids, and I hope that you still do! They are so delicate looking, so fragile, living on air as you sometimes seemed to do.

I'll bet your children are gorgeous, even though I've never seen them. I'm guessing at least two, right? A little boy and a newborn. You must rattle around in that big house of yours in Highland Court. Maybe that's why you need a little something to take the edge off once in a while. Strictly pharma for you though. You would never drink; that's for the low class. And you wouldn't want to put any weight onto that body that you carefully sculpt at the fitness club every Tuesday and Thursday night.

Unlike mine, which was never much to begin with. But you let me know that time and again. Pimply faced geek and all.

Most of the time you treated me like I was invisible and I was grateful, for that was better than being humiliated time and again. I have now perfected the art of being invisible, which is why you walked past me the other day and looked right through me. Or maybe it was the clerk's uniform that I was wearing.

I care about you, and so you should be more careful with all of those loyalty cards on your key fob. They give a lot away.

Our class reunion is in a few months, and I sort of dreamed that we would see each other there, and that you would be alone and we would talk and get to know each other and maybe even dance. I so want to hold you in my arms, just once.

Since I cannot wait, I am going to arrange a little reunion of our own, just the two of us, very soon.

And then there will be flowers.


Read Part 2


  1. This was fabulously creepy! I enjoyed reading it and letting it unfold. I had to make sure my front door was locked, just in case...

  2. Thanks Leah - that makes me feel good. My first attempt at scary stuff.

  3. Oh yes - subtle but creepy. I tend to do stuff like this, but mines pretty hardcore when I do it. Yours has an educated delicacy. Still freaks you out, but quietly. Well done - esp for your first creepy story.

    Shah. X

  4. Oh, yea! I remember you now! You’re the girl who hung out with that same girl for all of those years, with your cat-eye glasses, shoulder-length dirty-blonde hair, Keds sneakers, and that same green flannel shirt that you wore religiously. Oh yea, the letter that you slipped into my locker that day was too weird. “Soul mates,” you said. Gracious sakes alive, girl, we’d never even spoke. But, I would like a bouquet of orchids – to lie at your tomb . . . But, keep trying Li . . . your story is enticing! LOL

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  6. Wonderful writing, I enjoy these flash fictions.keep up the good work.

    Have a lovley day.

  7. As thrillers go, your story is in line with psycho-suspense tales that I cherish so much, and I look forward to your sequel/s. Albeit, your story happened to me in high school, less the flowers. And, the girl I described is a real person. I could not help myself but to bestow a little humor your way. Ah, memories and true tales from the dark side . . . life is cabaret!

  8. Shah, Yvonne, Jackie - thanks for the positive feedback. It always makes me feel great! I'm glad you enjoyed it, so I'll continue.

    and Jackie - it wasn't me, I swear. I would NEVER wear a flannel shirt. I might stalk your blog though....

  9. @dhymalk - thanks for stopping by, I'll visit your blog shortly :)

  10. huh! u nailed it on your first try... creepy indeed... thanks for the visit on my blog today...


  11. Eek! So creepy! The poor girl... I want to know what happens next!

  12. The story grabbed me from the start, and I had shivers at the end. The tension is built up perfectly. It works very well as a stand alone story, for me. I can imagine what will happen next.

  13. Thanks Anneke - I wrote it as a stand alone story, but then I wondered myself what happens.

    Deniz - I don't know how it will end, at least not yet :)

  14. ..."I wondered myself what happens...", well that's my Pa German language heritage coming out. Next thing you know I'll be coming out with "schleck" and "throw the cow over the fence some hay".

  15. I just came across your blog randomly and I love it.

    This was great and it made me feel...tingly.

    Your writing style is awesome.

    And you totally deserve the ego boost.

  16. As a neighbour from 'the Germans'I can appreciate Germanisms. (As long as you "Don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.")

  17. I just got a chill, too!

    I love the creepy subtleness of it.

  18. Ooooh, I want more. I need more. Terrific!

  19. Hi there! I just read this piece and it's very creepy in a good way! I have a love of writing myself, albeit not quite as passionately as you. I participated in NaNoWriMo 2011 this past year and it was a blast! I look forward to more writing from you.

    P.S. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying "Hi!" Addie and I love to hear from readers!

  20. Spooky...believable stalker story. I'm going to read these in order.

    Tossing It Out

  21. Li...this was beautiful. Sorry I'm late in my reading/commenting (you know why). When you say you feel stymied about writing poetry, take a look at this post. This is poetry in motion. Your words flow out and I was so wrapped in the pace you set here.
    Loved this (great way to start my morning).


  22. Sounds romantic. Can't wait to see how this plays out.

  23. Okay, I'm creeped out....and interested. Very believable.

  24. Oh wow! THIS is your FIRST attempt at scary stuff?!?!?! Oh my Lord, this is great! I wish I had half your imagination. "Good" is not a big enough word for this. I am so wowed. Look, if you have the time, I'm so taken with your writing, I'd really like to know what you think of my Nameless tale I have going. The rest of my Flash Fiction stuff is here at Kwee Writings. I hate to "pimp" my stuff, but gosh I really like your writing here and would just really like to know what you think. If you do have the time. And thank you, especially for sharing your work.

  25. Oh my goodness!
    I know you've already posted the ending, but I'm savoring that until I finish reading the other parts.

    This is fabulously creepy...I can't believe this is an experiment! You've got my attention. I'm off to read part 2.