Saturday, August 13, 2011

Flash Fiction: Kindness

I'm a little bit late with this bit of flash fiction - some days are just busy, you know? Also, I really enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger. (Edit - I know others didn't really like it, and while it's not a "must watch" it is a good way to pass 2 hours - it must also be remembered that it is made as a prequel to The Avengers, in which Captain America, Thor and Iron Man will be combined.)

It was also good to see Hugo Weaving in a role I could actually believe him in. (His role as Agent Smith in The Matrix meant I could never take him seriously as an elf in Lord of the Rings.)

Here is the full definition of kindness:
Charity, compassion and friendship for its own sake. Empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment. Unselfish love and voluntary kindness without bias or spite. Having positive outlooks and cheerful demeanor; to inspire kindness in others. (Vice: envy.)

I should assure you that I have done my best to avoid writing something that strongly resembles the movie I just watched.

After my "patience" flash fiction yesterday, which I was so pleased with, I feel like this is no where near as good, but my poor brain can't think of anything else.

I hope you like it, and can see what part of the definition I'm trying to address.



“I don’t understand how you make friends so easily. You’re amazing.” I gazed at my husband with mixed pride and envy.

“It’s not that hard to say ‘hi’ to people. Perhaps you could try it sometime?” My husband took every opportunity to tease me.

“I don’t have the confidence.” I looked down, hiding my eyes. “How do you know it’ll even be worth it? I mean, why do you want to be friends with nearly everyone you meet?”

“I love finding out about people.” He paused, thinking. “There’s no harm in being friendly, and it makes people happy, I guess.”


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