Flash Fiction: 10 minutes/100 words

by Aki Schilz

It doesn’t take long to fall in love. The space of a dream.

We were two ships passing in broad daylight. My heart straining with life not yet lived. Feeling kisses untasted opening like flowers against my skin, fluttering of birds on my lips as they form shapes around words I do not speak.

He passes.

I let his scent linger on my skin, wrapping his shadow tight around me where it lies, a second skin.

I never saw him again. But I’ll never forget the day I fell in love with the stranger who smiled at me on the bus.