Windfall Gain #FlashFiction


The phone rang and he grinned sheepishly as he took in the information.

A sense of excitement and anticipation swelled within him.

“We are sorry for your loss. Your uncle passed away yesterday it seems.”

The door had been pushed open by the cops.

He stepped inside.

An unsavoury stench filled his nostrils. The room cut out a sorry figure and it was not long before he could make out that his dreams were blown away along with the ringlets of cigarette smoke.

The grin now vanished and a stoic silence followed.

The word ‘heir apparent’ had no meaning now.



(Word Count: 100)

Written in response to the picture prompt provided by Yvette Prior for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff – Fields

About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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40 Responses to Windfall Gain #FlashFiction

  1. Wow. This is really good. You have managed to weave an interesting tale in just 100 words.

  2. Alice Audrey says:

    Those kind of dreams deserve to go up in smoke. Better to make his own fortune than pray on a relative’s.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Excellent, a shame all that money was blown away – perhaps he should have been closer to his uncle when he was alive!

  4. draliman says:

    Looks like uncle has smoked and drunk away all the money. From the way he grinned at the news of his uncle’s death, I’m glad about that!

  5. Does he inherit the property? ” he could make out that his dreams were blown away along with the ringlets of cigarette smoke”- liked this line.

  6. He got what he deserved!

  7. Dale says:

    Don’t think he would have deserved anything anyway…

  8. abhiray59 says:

    Nice plot. Uncle became a pauper, did he?

  9. Dear Meha,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. Nicely written story about a not so nice situation. Ah family.



  10. Akshata Ram says:

    Quite a start contrast tp what he expected. Nicely done Meha

  11. Varad says:

    Looks like they were all losers. Nicely done, Meha.

  12. James McEwan says:

    At least he has been left some rubbish, its more than most.

  13. Liked this story and how you showed how it turned the tables on him. Well done.

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    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  14. granonine says:

    Well, at least things can’t get much worse.


  15. This is superb. You are an effortless weaver of tales and words, Meha.

  16. jillyfunnell says:

    Great expectations dashed. Well done!

  17. Ravi S says:

    That was so powerful

  18. He had it coming. That’s Karma for you. Great tale in 100 words, Meha!

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