35th Challenge for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Week of 10/13–19/2015
Word limit is 100 – 150 words (+/– 25 words) based on the photograph provided.



We’d prepped for weeks. Language lessons, cultural lessons. I remember Frau Lehrerin telling us not to be surprised to see woman didn’t shave their legs. She challenged the girls to leave our razors at home. None of us did.

I remember my host father asking why Americans drive such big cars. We were in the family Mercedes on our way for a day on the Baltic Sea. They also had a Fiat. It fit through the city better. I was offended. Those big cars were the cars of the seventies. We didn’t drive those big cars now.

When I returned home my parents picked me up in our Lincoln Continental. I flushed. We did drive those big cars now. We still do. I think of that conversation every time I see an SUV XL or a 4-door truck. I wish I could go back and tell him he was right.


150 words: True Story
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Photo Credit: Sonya
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14 thoughts on “Deutschland

  1. Interesting exercise, I like what you did. Fleeting memories of razors and the size of the cars instead of one specific thing. I have also told you this several times by now I think but I absolutely admire you for the economy of words you are able to utilize. I know that probably comes from editing but it also comes from good writing. Well done.

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  2. I really like your take to the prompt. Americans drive big boat cars. They may be something from the 70’s but some people aren’t willing to give them up because of their luxury. Great story! I really enjoyed it and even more so when I found out it was a true story. Welcome to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! I hope to read more stories from you in the future.

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