A WONDERFUL WORLD by E.F. Olsson {SHORT FLASH}

The air was cool with a damp smell lifting off of the Mississippi. A small crowd gathered around a street musician who performed his rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’.

Slowly, the crowd began to look away and towards the sky; there was a rumble coming – distant and faint; then, you could feel the vibrations as a fighter jet thundered overhead.

‘Was that one of ours?’ A man inquired to another.

But before the stranger could answer no, another fighter jet soared by – it was lower, it looked different. Everyone cowered covering their ears, shielding the children.

A plume of smoke erupted from the bottom of the second jet, there was a flash of fire, then a missile launched out from beneath it. I stared on in disbelief as a missile connected with the first jet, the explosion of pieces sprayed over the downtown streets.

The tornado alarms sounded. The crowd scattered in panic. I looked back at the musician, he continued to sing, ‘and I think to myself what a wonderful world.’


A WONDERFUL WORLD is my submission to the weekly writing challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/fffaw-challenge-week-of-march-21-2017/). This week’s photo prompt was provided by Sunayana MoiPensieve. Thank you! The goal: 75 to 175-word count. This stories word count: 175 words.


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9 thoughts on “A WONDERFUL WORLD by E.F. Olsson {SHORT FLASH}

  1. Such a chilling scene! What makes it even more chilling is that the street musician is playing, “What a Wonderful World!” I could feel the panic of the people on the streets! Great story, E.F.!

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