Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should include the word "imago" in the title and include the following four random words: miasma, lacuna, oscitate, synchronicity. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post. For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!
I chose to write flash fiction...it is inspired by a little man I know. And, I decided to be crazy and take on all challenges--so yes, it is exactly 200 words with a mirror. I'm posting pretty late in the challenge, but if you enjoyed it, I'd love a vote here...I'm #166!
Here we go...
Imago for a Moment
“Fire! Fire!” I donned the extra gear reserved for a call. In perfect synchronicity, I raised the garage door, flipped on the siren, and adjusted the mirror. We were off.
We arrived at a horror scene. People burnt. Children crying. A woman screaming about her dog, still inside the house. This was my moment. I was ready.
I threw open the door and choked on the smoky miasma that tried to suffocate me. I dropped to the floor and found a decent lacuna with air I could breathe. I crawled. I reached. I hit the ground and clapped my hands. Finally, I heard a puppy-like whimper.
The dog was hiding under a couch. I wiggled left. I rolled right. I dodged burning pieces of furniture as they fell towards me. I resisted the urge to oscitate. One yawn now could be disaster.
I finally had the dog. “It’s a good thing you’re a little guy,” I whispered. This time, I decided to fly out of the house. It was much faster.
I dropped the dog. My hat came off by itself. The scene changed to my bedroom. “You can be a fireman again tomorrow. Right now, it’s time for bed.”