Breaking Free (Friday Fictioneers)


Tripp shouted joyfully as he hurtled through space, turning somersaults. He shot through the portal and sped toward Earth.

As a retriever, Tripp had the coolest job in the afterlife. Working with the newly departed wasn’t always easy, though. Some resisted. He didn’t understand why people wanted to stay anchored to such a dreadful place. Death was the best thing that ever happened to him.

He flew into Kaya’s drab hospital room and immediately knew she was a kindred spirit. After a long, hard battle, she was ready and eager. He smiled, took her hand and led her to freedom.




Photo credit: C. Hase

This is my offering for Friday Fictioneers. Hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, this group of writers meets weekly to share flash fiction stories (around 100 words) based on a photo prompt. Go here and click the blue froggy button to read the other stories.





13 thoughts on “Breaking Free (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. I love the whimsical feel of this story. I agree with Rochelle. It’s very uplifting. I’d like to think of death as a wondrous thing instead of the dreadful thing we all make it out to be. Great work, Amie!

  2. Wonderful. I just love how you started with such energy and joy. Tripp’s a fantastic creation, and your story is most entertaining and thought-provoking.

  3. This is a lovely vision, and Tripp is a great character. Maybe it’s a good thing people don’t know about him, otherwise they might be eager to speed up their demise.

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