Flash Fiction Month post #4 | The Banquet by Vanessa Deroo

Very happy to participate to Flash Fiction Month! This story started when my boyfriend had a bad/ terrifying dream, and my first reaction was “It would make a great story!”… The Banquet was born!
And go read the other posts too, they’re all brilliant!

Sonya Rhen

Welcome again to another post for Flash Fiction Month.  Today I have fellow Goodreads author Vanessa Deroo.  Read the gripping short story below and then click the link below to read more of her writing.  Enjoy!


Can you see me ?


Can you see me now ?

His little face smiling at me, his blue eyes shining. He looks like me, when I was a kid, when I used to climb everywhere, searching, exploring, experiencing. Pure joy.

The woman sitting next to him is beautiful, red-headed, and she has the most exquisite smile. She’s my wife.

Are we going now, Dad ? Are we going to the banquet ?

They both smile, and I am terrified.

This is usually the part when I wake up, trembling, panicking, because I know what it means and I have no way to stop it.

4:56. Sleep is over.

I am not married. I don’t have…

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