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This was my entry for Cracked Flash Fiction Competition on 2 July 2016. The prompt was: ‘The insurance company warned us about you.’

Well, all I could see was smoke… There was a big veldfire a few kilometres away and we were engulfed in smoke. Yeah, my lungs are still burning.



Burned Smoke

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren


‘The insurance company warned us about you.’

‘And yet here we are,’ I answered, not sure what their eyes were searching for.

The smoke filled everything; hid everything; revealed only parts of the story.

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So? What do you think? I cannot bake cookies – something always goes wrong. But what if I could get a witch to help me? Mm, she’ll have a steep price for me to pay… Yeah, I’ll stick to buying freshly baked cookies from the bakery.

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“Have the determination of a mirror. It never loses its ability to reflect. Even if it is broken into thousands of pieces.” – Unknown

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