Flash Fiction: Ether Island

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here

Interesting Note: The image reminded me of a novel series I started years ago. Perhaps, I need to return to Ether Island? 


The island offers an alluring vibe. Isolated from the mainland, slower in pace. A promise of virgin land and outdoor sports snare city dwellers from their busy lives. Retreats offer escapism, self-development, a date with the muse. Money to be made from back to nature; school camps, team building development, and extreme physical recreation. The rich arrive by private planes and the rest, ferry. Calm and peace smother the picturesque community. Shockwaves, as a body is found floating in water. Nothing compared to the aftershocks about to hit. A serial killer makes himself at home. A reign of terror returns.


    1. Love the name Ether Island. Found what I think might be typos: smoother might be supposed to be smother or smooth, and rein of terror might be supposed to be reign of terror ( unless of course theres a horse involved which would make it a good pun!).
      Outline of plot sounds intriguing. Reminds me of the Agatha Christie story set on the island “And the there were none” for example. Something very claustrohobic (in a good way) for a murder mystery to be set on an island. Love to read it when youve finished!

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      1. Oops… I never was the best at proof reading, even though I read through multiple times. One skill I wish came naturally.

        I do like the pun it sets an amusing image lol. There is a horse ranch…

        Thanks A!

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  1. From the comfort of their island homes they watch the tiny plane skid to a halt on the waters of the bay. Unaware of the nature of the newcomer. They will welcome him, but how long will it be before they are aware of his criminal background? This is to be the sex offenders future home in anonymity.

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  2. But where’s the novel that follows? 🙂 Enticing stuff.

    May I give two tiny feedback? A bit more spacing, in terms of breaking down the paragraph into lines, would be easier to read. Secondly, in the last line, there’s a typo. It should be reign of terror, not rein 🙂

    Waiting for the novel 🙂

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  3. I spy a crime mystery in the making here. “A reign of terror returns,” tells me this has happened before but people either don’t know that or it’s an old cold case that’s been forgotten in the mists of time. A good story well-written, Tannille. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  4. Trouble in paradise! Serial killer may soon run out of his / her prey. People may stop coming if incidence go up. Serial killer is better off in a big city and even better in jail.

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  5. WHOA! You are so correct – Some of these places are serene and some end up being a nightmare. You story is awesome – the great start of an intriguing mystery. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT??????????????

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