City of Smiles

Photo by: Grant-Sud

Young Ariela did it in a dream. When she awoke, the force still compelled her, and she began drawing. She drew on her bedroom wall, on the kitchen table, everywhere.

Two lines and a crescent.

On the way to school, she drew on fences, cars, the Sheriff’s office, all over the school.

“Graffiti, Ariela?” accused Mrs. Juarez, her teacher. “What is this?”

“It’s protection,” explained Ariela.

“Don’t lie, young lady! It’s smiley faces…everywhere! I’m calling your parents.”

Ariela went home to angry parents, and bed without dinner.

That night, The Malivinador emerged from its thousand-year slumber. The five-meter tall demon smashed the city of Los Gatos with its giant pincers and scorpion’s tail. It stuffed whole families at once into its mantis-like, black maw.

As it approached Ariela’s town, families huddled, waiting for death. But then Ariela’s symbols, still unwashed, began glowing. Golden rays shot forth from them and cut the Malivinador down yet again.

The ancient town of Los Sonrisas (City of Smiles) remembered its forgotten purpose.

And Ariela’s smiley faces were never washed away.
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/fffaw-challenge-week-of-october-17-2017/

Author’s Notes:

It occurs to me that we’re in October. Halloween is coming, and it’s time for scary stuff! Stay tuned.

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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19 Responses to City of Smiles

  1. James says:

    Well done. Creative take on the prompt.

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  2. tedstrutz says:

    Excellent, Eric. The ‘Sheriff’s office’, love it.

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  3. Varad says:

    Very clever take, EA.

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    Good for Ariela.! She decided to follow her dream and ended up saving many lives. Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut feeling of what is right or wrong . πŸ™‚

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  5. I love your imagination! I love this story! Hahaha! She was the hero in the end! Great story!

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  6. Lyn says:

    Never belittle a child in cases like this. They sense things and can be very discerning.
    But…oh no!! not scary stuff, Eric πŸ˜€

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    • EagleAye says:

      They sure can. Ariela didn’t know specifics, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t “know” what to do. Oh yes, scary stuff. Muhuhahahaha! But hopefully some laughs along with it. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Lyn!

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  7. Well done Ariela. You did quite well too AE!

    Click to read my FFfAW!

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  8. City of Smiles can take on any giant! Loved the well built suspense and the happy ending as well!
    This tale deserves a sequel… what do you say?

    Anagha recently posted https://canvaswithrainbow.blogspot.in/2017/10/the-wall-of-humanity.html?m=1

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  9. Fluid Phrase says:

    Oh wow! This is a great piece that reads like a children’s story. Well done!

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