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

I am a freelance writer that writes in several genres. I've had a successful blog with a growing and loyal following for more than 5 years. I've written articles for Counseling Directory .org, Introvert Dear .com, and WOW Women on Writing. My poetry has been published on Ariel Chart, a monthly online Journal and Spill Words Press. I'm currently working on my first novel. You can find more of my writings on my blog at: and follow me 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 🙂

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  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. 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.


  11. WaltPage says:

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


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