To Silence Daisy May by E.F. OlssonThe path had been overgrown and it was hard to find but I made it to the old rusted out pickup truck right where granddad had left it.

I replaced that worn flag with a new one; slid my fingers across the words that granddad had painted on it: Daisy May.

She was granddad’s fling after the war until Margaret found out. But it was too late by that point, Daisy was pregnant with my mom. Margaret waited until after the baby to track her down and pulled her deep into these woods. Granddad chased after her in the truck trying to stop Margaret but it was too late – she shot Daisy dead. They tried to cover it up telling folks Daisy ran away; it worked since they never found the body.

Granddad came back and made this truck her tombstone but it still didn’t stop those haunting screams you could hear into the night. He’s asked me to continue changing the flag and stopping by – it helps to silence the screams.

But for who?

TO SILENCE DAISY MAY is my submission to the weekly writing challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ( This week’s photo prompt was provided by Mike Vore. Thank you! The goal: 75 to 175 word count. This stories word count: 175 words.

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13 thoughts on “TO SILENCE DAISY MAY by E.F. Olsson {SHORT FLASH}

  1. izzy-grabs-life says:

    WOW! And that fact that Granddad found a way to reveal this haunting truth to the MC in order for the “respect” and “the changing of the flag” to live on… O.O I guess Granddad couldn’t take the secret to his grave. Very chilling, indeed. I’m going to reread it now! Great job with this prompt


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