The following is my entry in a 100-word Flash Fiction Challenge held recently at WritingForums, where I am a member.
Everyone voted, and this story won First Place.
Before posting it here, I fixed a couple minor punctuation inconsistencies. I also removed one inconsequential word and added a very important word ("Smiling" in the last sentence) which in my view makes the story stronger. The total word count is 100.
I died in disgrace.
There is unfinished business, so I return as a mosquito.
I move swamp to puddle, and stay in the shadows because sunlight saps me.
My quest is simple. Unfaithful and selfish in life, I seek forgiveness.
There are no maps, but I know her smell. I weave in the wind, searching.
Many hours later, near exhaustion…
I see her! My love! My mourning wife!
She sits outside holding papers.
To get her attention I land on the papers.
Success! Her hand rises in recogni…
Smiling, she signs the insurance forms, ignoring the smudge.
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