Garbage Disposal

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Flash Fiction Fun

Submitted for the Flash Fiction Summer 2019 Writing Contest. Inspired by the tragic murder of Holly Jones (1993-2003).

Created: October 11,2020


He couldn’t just throw it in the trash, so he decided the lake was his best option.

It wouldn’t fit into the suitcase, so he had to cut it up. He worked in the bathtub with a hacksaw. Afterwards he cried as he wrapped the pieces in plastic. He took a shower to wash himself, but the tears wouldn’t end. He could lose everything because of this, because of her.

She’d been a little beam of light, joy and sunshine wrapped into a ten-year-old body. She’d been everything he’d ever wanted. Why’d he let her manipulate him like that?

The subway was down the road. He took his suitcase and wheeled it over the uneven sidewalk. The sound of the wheels were so loud everyone he passed looked at him. He kept staring back down at the suitcase, worried that it might start to drip.

When he made it to the train he took a deep breath and kicked the suitcase under his seat. He kept his head down, staring at the floor, expecting at any moment to see a puddle emerge. He exited the train at his station.

He didn’t notice the police dog, but the dog noticed him.


Submitted: June 03, 2019

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hullabaloo22

Wow. A story that will be hard to beat. A lot of content in such a short piece.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 8:57pm

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Sheridan J. Wilde

Well-crafted and definitely thought-provoking. I agree with hullabaloo22 - this will be difficult to beat.

Mon, June 17th, 2019 6:10am

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I don't know. I've read some of the other entries, and there are a lot of strong contenders! But thank you!

Tue, June 18th, 2019 8:42am

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CatWriter

Very scary!

Sun, July 14th, 2019 1:52am

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Keke Serene

What a frightful story. Poor little one. A disgusting mindset here, "it" and blaming the victim. Nicely done as always!

Sun, January 12th, 2020 10:57am

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I think people like this will always try to shift the blame. It wasn't their fault, their impulses made them do it, or whatever. Thanks for reading.

Sun, January 12th, 2020 8:34am

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Ava Rose Weisberg

This is very good, especially considering the length. I would recommend that you piece something together with a lot of short chapters, sort of 'Flora and Ulysses' by Kate DiCamillo style, and try to get it published. While this site does help with readership, I believe true talent should be able to leave the internet eventually and become officially published. Keep writing!

Sat, February 15th, 2020 6:23pm

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Thanks so much! I have considered doing that, but honest the stories I post online are really just writing exercises. I'm not sure if they deserve a physical publishing.

Sat, February 15th, 2020 11:12am

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