Flash Fiction: 2020 in the Review Mirror

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

Best wishes everybody! 2020 has been one hell of a ride for the planet. Here’s to hoping for a better 2021!

2020 feels like being on a road to nowhere. 

A dusty Pilbara route hidden by desert land. Isolated, civilisation far, far away. 

The heat on the asphalt creates the illusion of a mirage. The watery line, teasingly close but never in reach, like a promised vaccine.  

High temperatures cause brain fog, one’s mind in question, madness around the bend. Chilling out a forgotten sensation. 

The journey long and tiring. Are we there yet?

Close, but not quite. Fatigue sets in. Cruise control takes over. Watch for bends and wildlife. The trip can get worse, don’t jinx it. All roads come to an end.

2020 going, going, gone!


  1. Unfortunately, the calendar is arbitrary. I doubt January 1st will be a panacea. I fully expect COVID to be there on January 2nd with little signs that say, “Hell no! We won’t go!” That said, it can only get better from here. Here’s hoping 2021 isn’t a total loss like this clusterfart of a year.

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  2. Great Tannille. I love how you’ve described driving in the Pilbara in this piece. I’m a West Australian girl and every year we drove from Port Hedland to Perth, at that time on a gravel highway. That watery mirage … iconic.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Wow that drive is insane. As a kid, I lived in Karratha. We did the trip to Perth probably twice a year on average. The soul of the Pilbara haunts me like a beautiful song. So red up there, and the roads were primitive but what a unique place!

      Merry Christmas T

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      1. That’s so interesting! Part of the fun of reading is to live vicariously the experiences of others around the world. There is so much of the world out there that we never get the chance to see.

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  3. A very down to earth reflection. Indeed, I’ll be glad when 2020 … or, mostly the pandemic… is over. I’ve lost far, far too many family, friends, fellow travelers on this earth. It is a sad ending to a year that began so very well. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Absolutely love this T! So well written with hope as the saviour at the end. All roads do come to an end, though this one feels awfully long and we wonder where in the journey we are. Hindsight is 2020, and hopefully will be in the rearview mirror soon. All the best for 2021.

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