Second Chances

” Do you see the rainbow?” I asked her.

“Of course,” she replied, “It’s bright, vibrant and beautiful.”

“And do you see the other rainbow, the one to its right?” I asked.

“If I try hard enough, yes,” she replied.

“Mother Nature started off with the first one,” I said in a calm voice, “But it was all faded, and bleak, and colorless. So she tried again, and look, what a wonder she created. Life is all about second chances, my dear.”

She kept staring at the rainbow, and said in a low voice, “You are right. Everyone deserves a second chance.” And then, she slowly, lowered the sword that she was holding against my throat, and let it fall to the ground with a clatter.

But before it could come to  a rest, I scooped it up in my right hand, and with one swoosh, removed Alice’s head from her body.

A swish of my left hand, and the rainbows disappeared.

It was fun being the Red Queen of Wonderland.


170 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, the weekly writing challenge hosted by Priceless Joy. The objective is to write a flash fiction story in less than 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt given above. This week’s photo was contributed by @any1mark66. For more information visit HERE. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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23 Responses to Second Chances

  1. Shivangi says:

    What an ending! Loved it!

  2. Fandango says:

    Unique take on the prompt. Unexpected ending. Well done.

  3. Akshata Ram says:

    That was totally unexpected. Tragic

  4. yarnspinnerr says:

    This a such a fantastic read.

  5. Susan says:

    Alice should not have been so trusting. Good twist at end

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha! Loved the reveal of the sword and the quick turnaround of fortunes. Not sure how Lewis Carroll would feel about it though! 😉

  7. What a story of betrayal! Great twist at the end! Great story!

  8. Anagha Yatin says:

    Thats treacherous of her… But then thats how she might have to be; for she was the Queen!

  9. michael1148humphris says:

    I smiled at the ending you chose, poor old Alice

  10. What an unexpected twist.

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