Once it became clear that no one read his books, followed his blogs, and that his social media following was zero, Jake realised that, in the eyes of the world, he truly did not exist. At first he was despondent, then soon, as he passed unnoticed through crowds, he realised that invisibility brought great powers.
It took courage at first to stand in public places holding a sign that said, "Hit me." But no one saw him. Stealing Rolex watches also went unobserved.
Eventually the time came to try carrying a gun and firing it randomly. They noticed him then.
"Not now, my love."
She had her back to him. His gentle fingers stretched out towards her and stroked her neck, working their way down as far as they could reach.
"Not now, my love."
He withdrew his hand. But not for long; soon, she felt the hand caress her head, her neck, her shoulders. She liked his touch, but...
"Not now my love."
Once more he desisted. But temptation was to prove too strong. Reaching out again, he tickled her neck gently. This time...
"Not now my love. I'm driving. It's dangerous. Sit back in your seat."
Dedicated to Waitrose. Oops.
Keen to make an impression as head of marketing at Lemmings Superstores, Mike Maxwell decided that he should lead a sales drive to coincide with the end of the school session. He ordered that each branch should devote a large display of wine, chocolates, bath salts and flowers. Beside it he had signs displayed:
In no time, the sign had been snapped on iPhones across the country and went viral. Maxwell resisted all calls to take them down until the national press had picked up on it, too.
Sales went through the roof that month. Mission accomplished.
NB – "Gift's For Teacher's" count as three of the words in the story. Total word count usual 100..
Flash fiction is very, very short fiction indeed - short stories of any sort of length from a Haiku to ten minutes' reading. Good for when you're in a hurry. This series is a selection of contributions to Friday Flash Fiction, where there's a limit of 100 words. I try to make all mine exactly 100 words.
100 NOT OUT
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