Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Invisible Friend


Here’s my contribution to this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thankyou Priceless Joy for another fun prompt this week!

Oliver Wilde stumbled up the hill, too depleted of energy to take anything beyond the smallest steps necessary to keep himself from toppling over. He stopped and steadied himself on a light pole, waiting for the wave of nausea to subside.

He was in the process of passing out from the smell of his own breath when a loud bang jolted him back to life.

“Hey buddy, over here – in the dumpster.”

Oliver stared at the big blue box sitting in front of him, unsure of his next move.

The dumpster’s lid was slightly open, so he leaned forward to peer inside. “Hello?”

“Can you give me a hand in here?” a voice echoed from inside.

He pushed open the lid of the dumpster to find there was nothing in it except for an empty beer bottle.

I must be drunk, he thought, scratching his head. “I need help”.

Word limit: 151

20 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Invisible Friend

  1. I can imagine this scene being played out as a comedy sketch, although, in reality it does have a very sad note. If Oliver gets drunk like that on a regular basis, he definitely does need help. Well written. 🙂

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  2. Poor Oliver has a serious side to him when he admits the possibility that he has a problem ~ So many drunk people are in denial and drink again to blot out the reality by talking to bottles to enter oblivion again ~ A very percepive write Tastyniblets ~ 🙂

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  3. At first I read his name as Oscar but then looked again! Great story – loved the part about “passing out from the smell of his own breath.” Unique take on the prompt too. When I first saw the photo I had a look at that rubbish bin and it looks like there’s a person walking behind it, but a story didn’t come to mind.

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