Flash Fiction – Hero

April 8, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that “rethinks the hero.” Define the hero, comparing or contrasting to the classic definition. Break the mold. What happens to the hero in the cave? Is it epic or everyday? Is there resistance or acceptance? Go where the prompt leads!


Halfway into his hike, Kyle heard a woman screaming for help. He ran as fast as his legs could go towards the screams.

“My daughter is hanging off the side!”

Without a word, he bent over and reached for the young girl bringing her back to safety.

“My hero!” the woman cried, giving him a big hug.

He was on such a high from the whole experience that he walked with a huge smile on his face. He was a hero after all. Even if he hadn’t noticed the woman’s hand pulling his wallet out of his back pocket.

12 responses to “Flash Fiction – Hero”

  1. Heather, I like how you distracted the reader with emotion, hooking us to feel empathy for the man who thought he wasn’t a hero until this event. Except he was taken!


    • I take great pleasure in creating stories that have an ending that the reader did not expect. As a reader, I like when I am surprised by a plot. If something is too predictable, I will find myself losing interest. So, when I see a writing a prompt my first instinct is how can I take this in an unexpected direction that you don’t see until the end.


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