FFfAW : Little Samira

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Maria with Doodles and Scribbles. Thank you Maria!


Sami couldn’t sleep. Sweat stood like beads on her cheeks, amid the soft hairs on her arms. Eventually, she untangled her body from the damp sheets, padded across the linoleum to the door without bothering to dress.

Outside it was no cooler, but she felt better being up, not trying to fool herself that sleep would come.

Mig always told her not to walk at night, that the twisting lanes were too full of gang members looking to score. Maybe he was right, but she’d grown up there, went to the tiny school with the boys from the gangs. Theirs were the first male lips she’d tasted.

When they passed by in their flat bed trucks, machine guns slung over their scrawny, tattooed chests, they’d whistle, blow kisses to their talismanย – their Little Samira.

She thought of all the boys she’d kissed who were dead now. And wondered who would be next.


Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Authors. See the inspiring prompt pic and write your own tale. See here to join in and to read the other tales.


28 thoughts on “FFfAW : Little Samira

    1. Thank you so much. I thought I might finish on something more dramatic, some action – but in the end the looming sadness of their lives felt like enough. Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ooh, that’s really interesting Jane – thanks for the feedback. Not sure where I imagined it precisely, though there are many societies (past and present) that are lawless enough to be candidates. Thanks again


    1. Sadly, you’re quite right, Iain. I suppose I had a favela in Brazil or similar in mind (though as Samira is a Persian and Sanskrit name, it could be anywhere). Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Dangerous place for a girl to get involved. But then, maybe she’s the only small happiness some of those boys had. Sad situation but well written!

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  2. Oh man… okay. This story started off as one thing, and ended up being something completely different that left me filled with emotion. You nailed the setting and the feelings. Every line drew me in, and the last one was haunting and powerful, making the whole setting you built up mean something a lot more…

    Anyway, I can’t praise this one enough. Definitely the best FFfAW for the week in my opinion. Fantastic job.

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