Flash Fiction Challenge – Buttons

Flash Fiction Challenge: July 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads.


My contribution:

Button It

Button it, the voice behind her said.

All she had done was tell him.

No, I won’t…she tried again.


She strained to turn around, but he held her too tight. His breath stank. She smelled beer and cigarettes as he whispered in her ear Button Your Damn Mouth Do You Hear Me?

She tried to twist away, but his shaky hand now covered her mouth.

She spoke once more. I will never go back to that…

He ignored her. I said Button It

She bit down hard. He howled and let go.

And then she ran.


10 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge – Buttons

  1. Wow. I loved the twists and turns in this short piece, how quickly the intensity mounted from the start with someone potentially buttoning a blouse (or sweater) to the finish with violence pending and freedom a bite a way. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Oooohhh..very interesting take on the story. I hadn’t thought of that perspective, but I like it!! An extension of “Button it” from being just another unfortunate version of “shut up.” Thanks for your comment.


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