“Wet Ink,” Flash Fiction

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After reading Charli Mills flash fiction prompt for this week, I knew I had to participate. I missed last week and felt something was missing. I think I’ve become addicted to flash fiction!

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “wet ink.” It can be artistic, writerly or something completely off-the-wall. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 9, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published January 10). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


 “How much longer?” The man asked, squirming face down in the chair.

“It’s done.” Diavolo laid the iron on the table. The ink wasn’t dry but the tattoo was finally finished.

“Can I see it?”

“In a moment. Just relax until it cures.”

The tattoo had morphed and changed several times over the last few days. Diavolo’s artistry came from a higher source, one that would determine this man’s fate. Today, the anchor tattoo faded and was replaced with the image of a sinking ship.

Diavolo shook his head. “What ship are you from, sailor?”

“The USS Arizona, Sir.”

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Giddy UPCome on! Join in and write some flash fiction!



    1. LOL! My military background creeps in at the strangest times. You know, it was more about all the strange things that happened during WWII. My dad was in the navy and he had tattoos of blue birds – one over each breast. I remember his anchor tattoo…

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      1. For me it was very emotive, Colleen. I was in Hawaii in the late sixties and went to visit Pearl Harbour. As I stood on the overpass above the Arizona I could see drops of oil still leaking from the vessel. It was unforgettable. X

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  1. Very cool little fantasy flash. I like the idea of a prophetic tattoo artist and just imagine how he could shape the events of the world.

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  2. Oh, wow! See, you took a break, but your mind didn’t! Think about the timing — the Arizona sank at Pearl Harbor so enlisted would not have been thinking war yet. Imagine Diavolo trying to make sense of all the sinking ships his anchor tattoos were shifting into. Yeah, deep stuff in your magical realm of writing.

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    1. I have episodes of brilliance. I’ve been working on this story further – outlining and playing. I would love to turn this into a novella. It’s so worthy! 😀 See what your challenge does? My brain lights up like a ping-ball machine. LOL! ❤

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  3. That’s a great story, Colleen, made all the better (for me) by my research of the USS Arizona. What a sad fate. It’s like the tattooist was channelling fortune-telling.

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    1. The idea of the tatto artist popped into my brain because of the words wet ink. The whole process took 10 minutes. I knew there had to be something unique about the artist and the ink. I channeled this from the cosmos. This stuff just pops into my brain. I’m working on ideas for a longer version of the story. ❤️

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