RESOLUTION • by Oonah V Joslin

Gaye handed out paper and pens. A few people groaned but tradition is tradition and this had been a family ritual ever since anyone could remember. She fetched the Box of Broken Promises and began to read last year’s resolutions. The prize was a book token.

“Lose weight, Roger?”

Roger blushed and wrote it again.

“Congratulations to Martine who has given up smoking.”

A ripple of applause.

Gaye blenched and crumpled the paper in her hand.

“What’s wrong?” asked Roger.

The signature read Paula, but the sheet was blank.

It was the closest thing they had to a suicide note.

Oonah V Joslin lives in North East England and writes mostly poetry and flash fiction.

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  • Terrific, Oonah. You establish the light mood masterfully, leading us nose-first into that slam-dunk of an ending. Great great flash.

  • I love this story, it says everything it needs to say in so few words, and is so powerful. Wonderful, Oonah.

  • Marie Shield

    Great read and terrific writing.

  • Great flash, Oonah.

  • *shiver*


  • Oh my. That was fantastic.

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Why, Thank you, Anonymous one! And thank you to all you others too and A Happy New Year to all the editors and readers. Don’t be too hard on your relatives.

    Mine? To lose weight – again!!! 🙂

  • My resolution is…

    Great story, Oonah.

  • jumbo

    Brilliant, Oonah.
    How do you do this so consistently?

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Thank you dj.

    And Jumbo 🙂

  • mark dalligan


    what a great chill factor this has. The shock of the final sentence is like being doused with iced water.



  • Well done. Very nicely done. Everything seems so casual until that last line then the story is drawn tight.

  • Oof! Beautiful, Oonah. That last line is like a punch in the gut.

  • I think I would’ve committed suicde, too, if I had to go through that tradition every year. :-0

    Great story.

  • The first time I read this, I knew it had to be our New Year’s Eve story. Very fine flash indeed.

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Thanks to Mark for plunging into the iced waters 🙂

    Guy, very generous comment. Thanks 🙂

    Hey Nathan from over in Micro Horror, Thank you for stopping by, Man! Everybody, give his mag a shufty.

    Rena – families – can’t live without’em……. 🙂

    Camille, Wonderful responce to this one.

    Merci et Bonne Annee a tous x

  • Avis Hickman-Gibb

    Great story – powerful ending.

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Hey, Avis! Thanks.

  • Very, very good.

  • Wonderful, Oonah. You got me. And in so few words.

    That ending was key.

    Happy New Year!


  • Oonah V Joslin

    Thank you Stuart and Heidi and a Happy New Year to you both 🙂

  • KJ

    I’ve stopped reading these every day because what’s been posted lately hasn’t really appealed to me.

    I’m glad I decided to skim back through the ones I’ve recently missed, though. This one was was worth it. Thanks!

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Dear KJ, That is such a compliment. Thank you 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed my story. I hope you will keep reading. I have plenty of others in the pipeline here on EDF and you can check out my web site for more.

    Very pleased to hear from you.


  • Brilliantly written. This is a fine little masterpiece, Oonah. Powerful, gripping. The ending hits you like a truck. One of the finest short shorts I’ve ever read.

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Thank you so much, Barry. That is praise indeed and I am vastly pleased. I am quite stunned by the response this story has attracted.


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  • jenniferwalmsley

    I’m here late in the day, but as usual, a great flash, Oonah,

  • Oonah V Joslin

    Thanks Jennifer. Glad you liked it.

  • Renée


  • Oonah V Joslin

    Thank you Renee! 🙂

  • That’s a very good story. I like it! It’s sad though… not a bad thing or anything. I’m just very conscious of sad stories, that’s all.

  • Almost a year on, and this little story is still pressing buttons! Thank you so much for your comment, Benny.

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