Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Born to Lead


Dylan stood at the edge of the graffiti rooftop and looked down at the crowd below. “Shut it!” His second-in-command, Chuck, shouted. Almost instantaneously, the courtyard below silenced. Twenty pairs of eyes turned and stared up at him.

He quickly turned to Chuck who nodded. Ever since he was young, Dylan had the fear of speaking in public due to his other fear of saying the wrong things and offending people. Therefore, when he discovered he was chosen to be the new leader through the secret election, he tried to convince the elders to give the position to someone else. “Please, I’m not a leader,” he pleaded to one of the elders, “If anything, I’m a follower.”

“No, you are not,” Elder Kelsey said, “You are born a natural leader. I saw it the first time I met you.”

“But…” Dylan protest but Elder Kelsey gave him the look that told him to shut up and accept the job.

Now, standing on this rooftop, Dylan sighed and addressed his followers.

(~171 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above. 

10 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Born to Lead

  1. I feel for his guy. It’s hard at first but you do get used to it. I’m wondering who is followers are and why? I find hard to put I practice when I need to, taking a class or something. Even then, if I haven’t done it in a while my hands shake. What about you?

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  2. Curious character…the “leader”, but only by virtue of being a follower. He’s following a decision made for him by others. So who were the people involved in the secret election? Perhaps they’re the real leaders, working from behind the scenes.

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