Striking Out

BY : NecroNOMNOMicon
Category: Fairy Tales, Fables, Folklore, Legends, and Myth > Fairy Tales
Dragon prints: 1094
Disclaimer: I do not own any characters or situations from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," nor do I make any money from this story. This is a work of fiction, and no resemblance to anyone, living or dead, in intended.

Author’s Note: This drabble of precisely 100 words was written for the AFF Forum’s biweekly prompts 14 June 2015 No. 218: glitter, gamin, gruesome

The glitter of the vision of Grandmother dispersed as the warm blaze of the matches faded into comfortless coils of smoke. The Little Match Girl, shivering in the wind, realized she could not go home; Father would beat her for not selling any matches and, worse, wasting them. With numb fingers she struck the final match and let the flame lick at her apron; the fire engulfed her in agonizing warmth. In the morning, a crowd gathered and leered at her charred corpse in the snow. “What a gruesome end for the gamine,” they agreed, and went about their business.

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