Fire in the Belly

I ran hard, I ran fast, I ran as I had never run before.

My legs were screaming at me to stop, my lungs were shouting at me to take a breath, but the fire in my belly refused to allow me to give up, not now, not when I was so close to my goal.

Photo prompt courtesy Enisa

I had to remain strong, I had to go on, I could not even think of stopping.

I could see it now, beyond the final thicket of trees. Just a few hundred meters more, I told my trembling body.

And then, sweating, panting, gasping, I was finally there.

I cannot begin to explain the sheer euphoria that I experienced as I lifted the cup….

….and took in a huge mouthful of ice-cold water.

I KNEW it had been a bad idea to eat a fiery bowlful of Chicken Tikka Masala while camping alone in the forest.

*************************************************************************************152 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge is to write a story based on the weekly photo prompt in 175 words or less.

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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13 Responses to Fire in the Belly

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, never mind being in the forest – at any time it’s a bad idea with really spicy food 🙂

  2. Hahahahahaha! This is great! LOL! I agree with Iain.

  3. That’s funny! But I think you write well enough to be a little darker with your endings sometimes, if that’s where you want to go.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement Sarah. I deliberately keep away from dark stuff in my stories (except for the occasional dark humor of course) since my blog’s charter is to be happy, and spread ‘sweetness and light’ in the words of the great Uncle Fred.

  4. Meena says:

    Lol! That was quite a surprising twist! I was wondering if some wild animal or something was chasing him! 😂😂

  5. yarnspinnerr says:

    This is the tastiest piece this week. Very well crafted. 🙂

  6. Ellespeth says:

    Oh now, this was funny!

  7. Ha, ha! That wasn’t the finish line I expected. Great read.

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