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Fireflies at Sunset

A flash fiction story

By Silver Serpent BooksPublished 2 months ago โ€ข 2 min read
Top Story - June 2024
Fireflies at Sunset
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"Do you think the fireflies will keep glowing?"

"That's a stupid question," Finley said but there was no punch to his words. Instead, they were sad and rough around the edges.

He smoothed a hand down the soft, dirty blonde strands of his lover's hair. A slowed, looping song thick with ambiance started over. Finely's heart sank lower. That was lucky number thirteen. Only two more go-arounds and it would be over.

"I think they will," he said, lightly kissing the top of her head.

"Me too," Wren said. "Do you think we'll see them?"

Finley swallowed around the lump in his throat.

No. He didn't think there was a chance in hell they'd see them tonight. A two-minute song played twice more wasn't going to get them to sunset.

"One question each," he laughed, evading the question.

She tightened her hand on his thigh and smiled up at him.

Wren was beautiful. She was so normal. So perfect. There wasn't anything exactly extraordinary about her and that was the extraordinary thing. She was shades of average. It was everything Finley had ever hoped for.

And it was going to go away because the governments in the world just couldn't keep their war in their pants and poisoned everyone on the planet.

He tore his eyes away from her, back to the sunset.

They had already done all the necessary things. Cry. Laugh. Fuck. Kiss until they were bored of it. They were on the last objective. Talking.

The song looped again.

"We've been together four years, Wren. To the day."

"Maybe we should have picked a different day."

"Let me finish asking my question," he said as she softly apologized and tucked back against him. With his free hand, he fished around in his pocket. It closed around a cool circle of metal.

"Four years, Wren. And I don't...I can't... This wasn't how I was gonna do this but I was going to. Today. Because four years with you was more than enough to know.

"The world is ending and I never thought if it did end, that I'd be with you but I'm glad it's this way. I'm glad you're here. I'm glad it's on this day. And since we're becoming fossils..."

He swallowed thickly.

"I want them to know you were mine."

"Finley."

"I want them to see a ring on your finger."

"Finley, oh my God."

"And if...if there's anything after this, I want to go into it knowing you'll be there too. I want to think when I fall asleep that maybe I have a chance of waking up next to you. So, Wren. Will you marry me?"

He held the ring out in front of him but the diamond hardly had a chance to sparkle before Wren snatched it from his hands and slipped it onto her finger.

A surge of something pretty and bright burst through him as she pressed her lips to his with a whispered "yes". There was nothing average about this. Nothing normal. Nothing other than movie-perfect romance.

And then it was over. Done.

They toppled like dominoes, winking out of existence like the eight billion others. Crumbled to the grass like puppets with no master.

A pale, flickering green slowly began around them.

The lightning bugs had come out.

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Comments (30)

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  • Trish B2 months ago

    It's so tough, in flash fiction, to create that sense of the character's lives-lived-off-the-page. You really did that amazingly - great world-building. So long humanity - here's one last love story. Hello, fireflies. :D Thanks for a great read!

  • Warner williams2 months ago

    I believe this is a rather calm way to accept the end of the world. Nice take.

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  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Like Lamar, I loved the way you brought this full circle. This was just masterful. Like...seriously...Again...like Lamar...we find out so much about this couple and in the end I was seriously sad when they died, because you kinda hope they're going to be okay...even though it seems dire. Their dialogue and the way they interacted, their relationship was handled so superbly. Like...very authentic...not overplayed or underplayed, just that sweet spot in the middle and just yeah, I can understand why this would be a Top Story! Congrats on that, but even more so on writing this wonderful, sad, but beautiful piece! :)

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    I loved how the first line was answered with the closing line๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคฉ. Everything in between told us a tremendous amount about these two and what was going on in their world. Great storytelling!!!

  • Khan2 months ago

    Congratulations on the top story โค๏ธ

  • TahimaAni2 months ago

    greatโ™ฅ๏ธ

  • Dr. Jason Benskin2 months ago

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  • That third last paragraph ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ Congrats on top story! It was unusual and interesting ๐ŸŒŸ

  • Heather Zieffle 2 months ago

    Poignant story. Nicely done and congrats on Top Story!

  • Belle2 months ago

    Incredible! I love the concept of this, the shakiness of the storyteller, the addition of the fireflies! A well deserved top story! Congratulations!

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Congrats on your top story.

  • Shaun Walters2 months ago

    A stellar ending, congratulations!

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽŠ

  • shanmuga priya2 months ago

    Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰

  • looli bar2 months ago

    very nice

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    This is such a perfect moment: A surge of something pretty and bright burst through him as she pressed her lips to his with a whispered "yes". There was nothing average about this. Nothing normal. Nothing other than movie-perfect romance. Just wow! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’˜

  • Natasha Collazo2 months ago

    This was so soothing to read even to the end. Great job!!

  • Who wouldn't want this kind of average, how beautiful. Congratulations on your top story

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Not sure I've seen a sad ending written so beautifully before. Simply amazing storytelling. Congrats on the TS.

  • ROCK 2 months ago

    Absolutely brilliant...average seems mighty damn beautiful; keep blowing us away! Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Christy Munson2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story ๐Ÿฅณ

  • CHRISTIAN P2 months ago

    Nice work ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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