Flash Fiction: Neighborly Post-Its

This piece of flash fiction was written for Writer’s Digest’s 2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge Day 22. I spent an hour and some change on this story; this is the third draft. The prompt: “Play with the form of your story.”

Image from Nevit on Wikimedia Commons

Neighborly Post-Its

Yellow Post-It
Hello! I’m Maria, your next-door neighbor. Welcome to the building! 

Blue Post-It
I hope you are settling in well. Moving into a new place can be so stressful. Don’t hesitate to ask any of us neighbors if you are in need of anything. We’re happy to help! Also, if it is not too much trouble, would you please keep the music down after 10 PM? Thank you!

Maria

Purple Post-It
Erick on the first floor is having an impromptu potluck party tomorrow (his favorite football team just won their first game of the season. been many years since their last victory, I guess). Wanted to make sure you knew you were invited!

Maria

Blue Post-It
You haven’t seen a calico cat with a stubby tail by chance? The Mosby girls from the second floor accidentally let it out and it hasn’t come back. If you see such a cat, please let those poor girls know. They are heartbroken.

Maria

Yellow Post-It
Hi! Sorry about mentioning this again, but the music has been a little loud. I know how fun the Witching Hour can be, but if you can, please keep the volume low that late at night. Many thanks!

Maria

Green Post-It
Hi. This is embarrassing, but on Sundays would it be possible for you and your partner to wait until the evening to engage in intimacy? A healthy sex life is a wonderful and positive thing, but my grandchildren visit Sunday afternoons, and I barely sidestepped a very awkward conversation yesterday (with them and their father). Thanks!

Maria

Orange Post-It
Happy Halloween Eve! Wanted to give you a heads up: I’m having a few girlfriends over tomorrow night for our traditional All Hallows Eve get together. We can be a bit of a rowdy coven (LOL) especially when tequila gets involved. I just wanted to apologize for any loud or odd noises you might hear. We’ll try to stay in control and keep it down. 

Maria

Yellow Post-It
The cat returned to the Mosby girls, all safe and sound. Turns out it has a second family in the neighboring building, the little scamp. 

Maria

Orange Post-It
The music has gotten loud again. If it continues, I’m going to have to take a more drastic approach to resolving this. Third strike, after all. Please, just keep it down after 10 PM. Thank you!

Maria

Red Post-It
<a pentagram drawn in black ink sits at the center; it’s surrounded by words written in an unknown language; the corners of the paper are singed>

Yellow Post-It
Hello! I’m Maria, your next-door neighbor. Welcome to the building! 

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