The Hinterlands

“Do you think they’re after us?” she asked.
“No.  I don’t even think they know we left,” he replied.
She glanced out the window.  “Wait, what’s that?  There’s something coming towards us!”
“Relax.  Just some goats.  Jeez, we really are in the middle of nowhere.”
“I was thinking, I mean, we took the car.  Shouldn’t we give it back someday?”
“Maybe not,” he said, and winked at her.  “Let’s just call it our wedding present.”
He pulled up to a small cottage hidden by tall cottonwood trees.
“And this is our castle.”


Sometimes it’s simply been too good a day to write something dark.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below:


About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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9 Responses to The Hinterlands

  1. Bless them! I hope that their love weathers the storms 🙂 I enjoyed how, at the beginning, I felt as if it was going to be something really dark, but that it turned into love finding a way. An alternative twist!

  2. I’m not sure that it isn’t dark. That hidden cottage makes me queasy. Do I smell blood?

  3. I agree with Freya. This seemed like a dark story then turned out to be a love story. Liked the idea of the cottage being their castle.

  4. I guess I’m wondering who they took the car from and if it’s actually going to be a happy ending as it seems. The bride seems concerned and worried. Well written . 🙂 —Susan

  5. Dear Danny,

    I’m guessing they took the car from someone they know, perhaps a family member or a parent? At any rate, sweet story.



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