The drabble challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by Aheila on her blog : http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com A reminder how it works : read the prompt and find your angle ; write a drabble (100 word story , give or take 5 words) ; post a direct link to the drabble in your comments .


 Can you trust a machine ? One that dictates life or death as it emits an erratic beat ? It is there . Then it is gone …  hold your breath … it returns and lingers , a reminder of the steady , faint glow of a lone firefly amongst the shrubs as your tiny frame crouches in the garden , peering , squinting , trying to penetrate the darkness , eager to locate the exact spot .

The beat is barely audible , now … a reminder of the tentative hold on life , fragile hope … the flickering glow from a hundred fireflies a reminder of the countless moments of laughter … an unforgettable gift .  {100 words}


  1. Ryan on September 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Life's brevity and fragility metaphorically presented in a simple, beautiful piece. Very nice, M!

    • mish on September 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks R – yes , life is short … it can be snatched away in the blink of an eye …

  2. tara tyler on September 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    great drabble, life is but a vapor.
    nice verse!

    • mish on September 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      … and one can simply cease to exist … it’s a heartbeat away …

  3. Sharp Little Pencil on September 24, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Mish, this was disturbingly good!  A reminder of our transient life here on earth, and all the devices and moments we depend on to give it meaning.  Great!  Thanks, Amy

    • mish on September 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

      Disturbingly good !? I like the sound of that … 🙂 It means that the piece did what I hoped it would … ! Thanks Amy – you are a sweetie !

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