Flash Fiction: Second Date

I’ve stumbled upon a flash fiction contest hosted by Carrot Ranch. Based on the instructions, the submission should be a romantic piece in exactly 99 words. I have zero experience with flash fiction and have never really understood how it works, but hey, why not just jump right in and try it! Definitely doesn’t help that I’m not the greatest at writing romances, but here goes nothing!

November 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a romance. Focus on the relationship between two people. Build tension and end on a happy(ish) note. Go where the prompt leads!

Second Date

Her name is Rosalie. She lives seven blocks from the train station two towns over. She likes mochas, stray white cats, and a man who holds the door.

She walks backwards when she talks—like girls in romantic comedies—and sometimes she jaywalks just to watch street performers.

Rosalie dislikes popcorn and the new Spiderman movie. She reveals her predictions of the night, her lacking faith in surprises.

Sitting in the dark, in silence. Disappointment glues me to my seat, my sweaty hands gripping the armrests.

In the pitch black, Rosalie places her hand on mine and gently squeezes.

Definitely not my best work… but I’m happy to be even within the word restrictions. Any comments or suggestions appreciated! I have no idea what flash fiction is, after all.


  1. Great profile of a character from a romantic point of view. I hope you enjoy writing 99-word stories. It’s a great writing tool to explore characters and ideas, as well as a viable art form to craft small but powerful stories.


  2. Thanks for your feedback, Charli! I had fun trying out this challenge, thanks for the opportunity. I noticed, with the 99 word limit, I would overthink a lot. It’s almost easier to just write and then edit it down. But I definitely need to work on smoothing the edited version over.


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