This flash was written in response to Charli Mills weekly prompt.
December 29, 2016 Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a cozy story. What is it to be cozy, to experience Danish hygge? It doesn’t need to be culture-specific, but it can be an interesting point of comparison or contrast. A character might long to feel cozy, or you might describe the perfect cozy scene. It may or may not include Prosecco. Respond by January 3, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published January 4). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!
I’m in a romantic mood this Christmas, so my flash is a romance. It includes love, betrayal, heartbreak, reconciliation, and a happy ever after ending, all in 99 words! The flash is set during the present New Year and has allusions to Victorian author, Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far From the Madding Crowd.
Portrait of Thomas Hardy by William Strang,1893
Gabriel Oak is one of my favorite fictional heroes. He’s reliable, loyal and forgiving. He’s also hardworking and honest. I’d say that comes pretty close to perfect. Bathsheba is the fickle heroine, and Troy is the dazzling soldier who seduces her, but Bathsheba is luckier than Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Her story has a happy ending, because Hardy gave her a second chance and a worthy hero.
Cozy, At Last
‘We’re waiting for you, Sheba.’
‘I’ve got a terrible cold.’ I coughed loudly.
‘Troy’s here. Says he’s sorry.’
‘Battery’s dead,’ I said before switching off my phone.
I returned to my comfy sofa, blazing fireplace, glass of wine, Casablanca on TV, tissues. Misery.
My best friend walked in using the spare key.
‘Any more wine?’
‘Bought you a Christmas present.’
‘It’s 2nd January.’
‘Better late than never.’
I unwrapped a copy of Far From the Madding Crowd.
‘This is cozy. Can I join you?’
I cuddled up. ‘I missed you, Gabriel.’
‘Glad to hear that, at last.’