Flashes of Sanity #79: Install.exe

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

Today’s entry: Install.exe


Black. Everything is pitch-black.

Then, from nothing, fragments of light builds. The tiny fragments cluster into a shine. The shine grows into an endless miracle of connections. Every connection recalls a different aspect of reality. Every reality rebuilds world.

The worlds explode into possibilities. And from possibilities moments are created.

The moments flash in memories of what once was and what could have been.

”Oxygen levels steady.”

A life is birthed out of the moments. Two hands holding with nothing but the moon watching.


Streets of a past once lived.

”We are removing life support.”

A light as strong as the sun. Then only memories.


A face on the sidewalk. A cold from a hand once warm. Pain from the kicks once dealt.

Chills from the asphalt turning cruel in the winter night.

”She is steady. Start her up with a shot of adrenaline.”

Hurt. Then burn.

Scream. Then cry.

”Welcome back Dina.”

Shivers. Then soft.

”You will get to meet you mother soon.”




”Sorry, no father is in this picture.”

Cold hands holding fades. Dead faces hides.


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