Flash Fiction Friday 030: ‘Taken’ and ‘Mother of the Bride’ by AJ Kirby

Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the thirtieth piece of flash fiction in this series. This week’s are two 99-worders by horror, crime, thriller author, interviewee and spotlightee AJ Kirby.


There are deep tyre-tracks scarring the front lawn where some vehicle has recently powered away. It is a poor approximation of a crop circle, or perhaps a rough ‘equal’ symbol from a computer keypad. The group of Hawaiian shirted guests gather on the porch, looking on, mouths open in ‘o’ shapes. A tall, thin man is lying prostrate on the drive. He could be an exclamation mark; someone or something has knocked him down, leaving his hat at his feet, like the dot.

The child’s paddling pool is empty; the other symbols rendered useless by its watery zero.

Mother of the Bride

At the edge of the wedding photograph, almost out of shot, you can see the pouting mother of the bride, her disappointment echoed by the drooping plastic flowers on her extravagant hat. She is shrouded in shadows, withdrawn.

A little to the right of her, walking away, is the father, wearing a frown of confusion. From his position, he cannot see his daughter and her new husband with the slightly too long hair. All he can see is the shimmering aura that surrounds the remainder of the wedding party, and the summery goodwill and hope for a better future.

Short is sweet, thank you AJ.

AJ Kirby is the award-winning author of five novels (Paint this town Red, 2012; Perfect World, 2011; Bully, 2009; The Magpie Trap, 2008; When Elephants Walk through the Gorbals, 2007), two novellas (The Black Book, 2011; and Call of the Sea, 2010), one novelette (Bed Peace, 2011) and over forty published short stories. He is also a sportswriter for the Professional Footballers’ Association and a reviewer for The Short Review and The New York Journal of Books. He will return with more flash fiction on 25th May. 🙂 You can reach him via: Author website, Goodreads Author Page, Amazon Author Page, New York Journal of Books and Facebook Novel Home Page.

If you’d like to submit your 1,000-word max. stories for consideration for Flash Fiction Friday take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with thriller novelist, non-fiction author and journalist Wilf Nussey – the three hundred and thirty-ninth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are also now on Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s ‘Contact me’ page or plain and simple, email me. I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales.

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