Under a Blackened Sky
Under a Blackened Sky was written for a Flash Fiction competition in the space of 55 hours. The rules were:
A max. of 500 words.
Your story must include a COUNTDOWN of some kind.
Your story must include a character who SHARES A SECRET.
Your story must include the word SERENDIPITY.
The weekend of this Furious Fiction competition, and in the months leading up to it, Australia experienced devastating bushfires across the country. Living in Brisbane myself, it was hard to concentrate on anything else.
The heartbreak and the loss was and still is, raw and painful to watch. The only way I was going to be able to enter the Furious Fiction competition that weekend was to channel my feelings into a story. That story became Under a Blackened Sky.