F is for Forfeit

FThere were five species of tree in her haunt: spruce, elm, birch, oak, pine. No hemlocks. She counted at least three types of bush: rhododendron, holly, azalea.

“One rabbit, three sparrows, one deer.”

The deer was way in the distance and spooked when April cracked a stick under her sneakers. Her path was worn to dirt, leaves and rocks kicked aside hours before.

She flung her arms around her head. “More bugs than I want to know…”

She’d forgotten her own cellphone, but her brother left his in the backpack.

“Fifteen to twelve.”

Reassuring herself that it wouldn’t be pathetic to show up early, since the only way Zach would know was if he were also early, she made for the corner of Forest and Hemlock.

She tried to look normal, curling fingers around the stop sign post and tapping a foot in rhythm with her speeding pulse. Just as she gave in to checking the time again, a shiny black Ford F-150 came into view around a bend in the road. She had no idea what Zach drove, but as the truck approached, a different face came into view behind the windshield. Derrick. He’d sat with his back to her, one of the baseball caps she didn’t recognize at breakfast.

“Hey,” he rolled down a heavily tinted window as the pick-up halted. “Get in.”

Annoyed and confused that Zach hadn’t come alone, April squinted to see inside the back of the cab. There was no one there. “Zach sent you?”

Derrick smirked. “Yeah.”

Dubious, but unwilling to pass up the opportunity or resist the curiosity, April got in.

“Where to?” Her voice felt shaky.

Derrick made a silent U-turn. When he shifted gears, she saw the angry mosquito welts that mottled his forearm. Her fault. Enemy.


This flash fiction is a part of the Blogging From A to Z (April 2015) Challenge. A new installment arrives every day in April, following the alphabet; check the calendar below to see which letters post on which days. Read more about this blogfest HERE.



Sarah is the author of the new Young Adult novel, The Tramp, which is the first book in her epic saga, Bound. She is also currently working on a related novella entitled, Wicked Lover, which will be released in serial format on Amazon every two months. View the trailer for The Tramp, and listen to its original soundtrack! Find more info and links at www.sarahwathen.com. An artist turned author, Sarah's literary work incorporates art judicially, both in plotlines and in supporting social media. A reader can view characters' art and posters for fictitious events in Shirley County, listen to samples of character's favorite music and music that inspired the writing process, and even purchase a charm given to the heroine of The Tramp. LayerCake Productions is Sarah Wathen's independent publishing company, responsible for producing all video, audio and imagery for the Bound saga. Visit www.layercakeproductions.com for more info.

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8 Responses

  1. SBennett says:

    So good, Sarah! I’m loving this. I clicked on G a second before I realized I’d have to wait! Tantalizing. Thank you.

  2. Oooo. That had a scary end.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee’s Muffin Commando Squad
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  3. Tarkabarka says:

    Intriguing! I enjoy your writing style. And curious what comes next!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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