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It was rained the morning of Clarrise’s three-hundred-and-sixty-first birthday.

It wasn’t the most important factor of the day, or the most obscure event that took place, but it was the first thing that Clarrise noticed when she woke up and it was, she decided after some thought, a sign that things were about to go wrong.

She was right, and sitting in her lounge at three o’clock she congratulated herself on just how right she had been. The gunman who was waving his pistol far too close to her face failed to see how this was amusing, but after three hundred and sixty one years you had to see the funny side of these things.

She found the sound his wrist made especially humorous when she snapped it backwards and sent the gun clattering to the ground. The accomplice screamed more loudly, more shrilling, the sound rattling against her ear drums in a annoying fashion that had her ending him quicker than she would have liked.

She called Fred.

‘Do try harder darling,’ she sighed.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. So, Fred sends these people in to amuse her? Very interesting! Obviously she is very good at it to have lived 361 years. Great story that I enjoyed reading! I have a question. Shouldn’t the first sentence read, “It rained the morning of Clarise’s three-hundred-and-sixty-first birthday? This is a great story and thank you so much for participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge. If this is your first time, (if not, forgive me for forgetting), Welcome! And, I hope to read more of your stories in the future.

  2. A most bizarre tale Carol. A lady so old and so agile for one and with a perverse view of humour. Though after so many years maybe that’s where ones humour goes.

  3. Loved it! You pulled me in from the first sentence, and kept me engaged. Keep writing and sharing, and we’ll keep reading. 😉

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