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This was my entry for Cracked Flash Fiction Competition on 18 June 2016. The prompt was: It began with a whisper. Perhaps the migraine I’d been suffering all week long, fuelled by veldfires, had been in charge when I wrote this… This story won the competition! Which perhaps gives credence to Hemingway’s quote: “Write drunk. Edit sober.” For those who ever had a migraine, you’ll know that awful feeling of neither being here nor there…

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Awakening

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren

It began with a whisper. The wind rustled the leaves; leaving a message for those who can hear it.

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So? What do you think? The rustling leaves of the copse of acacias next to the house gave me the idea of the wind whispering. And I’m sure the creaking bottlebrush had told me to come closer…

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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