Tuesday, May 23, 2023

“Rain Falls on (Almost) Everyone” • by Jason Burnham

Josie huddled desperately under the lip of the dome’s exterior, praying to whatever gods would listen to prevent wind from pelting her with raindrops—she was too young to die.

As deadly puddles formed centimeters from her tip-toes dug into loose gravel, she remembered her mother’s admonition—she’d been right about this godforsaken trip.

Suddenly someone approached. Through the rain.

Josie stared slack-jawed at the woman.

“Need in?” She motioned to the dome.

“Yes, but… how’d you survive the rainstorm?”

The woman smiled. “Simple, deary, just walk between the raindrops.”

Bewildered, but alive, Josie followed the completely dry woman inside.


Jason P. Burnham loves to spend time with his wife, children, and dog. Find him on Twitter at @AndGalen.

This time The Pete Wood Challenge was to write a flash fiction story of up to 150 words in length using the prompt, “rain.” To see the previous winners of previous challenges, click this link

If you’d like to read more of Jason’s stories, we have lots more on this site, all at this link.

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