Ice And Flame

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


A short story of 200 words plus title.


Ice And Flame

It is often said that opposites attract, and that could not be more true about Harvey and Jane. You would be hard pressed to find two people more different to each other, yet they could not stay apart.

Harvey was passion, spontaneity. There was no maybe, no caution; if he wanted something he would go for it. Quick to react, his moods would at best be described as volatile. But he loved Jane, had no reservations about showing it, and would try to sweep her up into the flames of his feelings.

Jane though, she was ice. Cold, calm, weighing everything up, erring on the side of caution. She was not one to jump in with both feet, was far more likely to dabble her toes. It wasn’t that she had no feelings, just that she didn’t like them to show.

Fire and ice.....the end was all too obvious. The flames leapt and heated the ice and soon it began to melt, to drip. It did not take long for that ice to thaw into a pool of water that extinguished the flame.

It did not take much scientific knowledge to see that they were bound to destroy each other.

 


Submitted: January 05, 2018

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jaylisbeth

Wow! Amazing short tale. These are some creative metaphors, Hully. Brilliant work here.

Fri, January 5th, 2018 7:52pm

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I can't remember what inspired this. Initially I was going to post it in the new 'Flash' book but then I found the cover picture.....maybe I'll add it in a while. Glad you enjoyed the tale!

Fri, January 5th, 2018 12:28pm

Sue Harris

That is one of the best short stories I have ever read, Hully. Fabulous!

Fri, January 5th, 2018 8:20pm

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Wow, thanks so much for the compliment, Sue! Glad you enjoyed the story.

Fri, January 5th, 2018 12:39pm

Mike S.

Collision course--excellent, Hully!

Fri, January 5th, 2018 8:40pm

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I think I was just thinking how the two things can't fail to destroy each other -- the ice and the flame. Thanks for reading, Mike!

Fri, January 5th, 2018 12:42pm

Jeff Bezaire

A tragic ending. Opposites do not always attract.
I like the narrative of this story. It feels like a spiritual brother to the tale of Ian and Stella.

Fri, January 5th, 2018 9:35pm

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You know, I'd never thought of it like that! Thanks for reading!

Fri, January 5th, 2018 2:36pm

Tom Allen714

Well done Hull,you packed a lot into 200-words...Tom...

Sat, January 6th, 2018 3:22am

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Thanks, Tom. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Sat, January 6th, 2018 1:48am

Rehmat Tanzila

Ohh woww that's really amazing! I like such short stories

Sat, January 6th, 2018 12:48pm

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Thanks for reading, Rehmat. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sat, January 6th, 2018 5:57am

Dr. Acula

Love the fire and ice struggle ..another good metaphor Hully !
Your on fire ! :D

Sun, January 7th, 2018 5:20pm

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Thanks for reading, Doc. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sun, January 7th, 2018 10:21am

Celtic-Scribe63

A poignant story indeed. A perfect example of flash fiction. A beginning. Middle and end. In so few words yet it's message sings loud and clear.
Another fine tale from your expert pen.

Sat, February 16th, 2019 2:42pm

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I'm no expert, C-S, I wish...
So glad you enjoyed the read!

Sat, February 16th, 2019 7:33am

Ian D. Mooby

Opposites attract and sometimes this isn't a good thing.

Sun, February 17th, 2019 2:45pm

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True. Generally I'd say a certain amount of similarity is necessary.

Sun, February 17th, 2019 10:48am

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