They were just ahead.  Soon, she’d have all she wanted.

It had been a torturous journey.  Having been denied this small luxury was hell.  People over there didn’t understand.  Still on the tiny plane, she started to imagine it.

The trip had been a once in a lifetime kind of thing and one she would always remember.  But getting back to civilization was such a blessing.  She was looking forward to her air-conditioned room and her crisp white sheets on which to lay her head.  To have a hot shower with all the water she wanted!  Heaven!

But the real treasure lay just beyond those arches.

Her hands were shaking, and she was a little weak kneed!  She didn’t realize how much she wanted it until she was this close.

Finally, after such a long, long time without it, she stepped across that threshold and thru the arches.

She was the only one there.  What luck!

She walked forward and said to the young man in front of her “I’d like your Quarter-Pounder Value Meal with Extra Large French fries and a large diet Coke, please”.

Copyright © 2018 Penny Wilson

**This is in response to Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo prompt which you can find out about HERE.  Go take a look and join in on the fun!


About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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32 Responses to Arches

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  3. wallietheimp says:

    That was…unexpected. Wallie loves it 🙂


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Hehe, now that was a surprise ending! 🙂


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  6. I didn’t guess McD, but thought she’s looking for a place to pee 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha good twist – the 2nd to think of those golden arches this week – and I still didn’t see it coming! 🙂


  8. trentpmcd says:

    Ha ha. Not something I miss when I travel abroad 😉


  9. Sue Vincent says:

    Most unexpected, Peny 😀


  10. The Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  11. WaltPage says:

    Reblogged this on Walt's Writings and commented:
    A wonderful flash fiction story by my friend Penny at! Please comment on her original post.


  12. WaltPage says:

    OMG!! I sure as hell was not expecting that!! Brilliant!! LOL!!


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