The idea of plot or the story itself was mentioned several times previously but never expanded on too much but it is a part of flash fiction just as it is in other forms of fiction. Returning to the example of the man in the airport,
“An inattentive, transient jackass says, – “Check it” – high-pitched, estrogenic sound awkwardly steam from thick, too-big lips covering precarious tan teeth. Mirrored sunglasses sterilize eyes plunging transgressor back to fatigued, faded skin, unkempt hair – a mind of questions, comments, demands, justifications – stayed verbally, exposed physically – “Is there a problem?” Pigments, parchments, binding, images relapse then release ribbed steel, scuffed plastic, relabeled boxes reskinned with tape, twine, and plastic that meld into a horizontal borough in motion, eclectic and naïve to the pigment of deities.
La belle ville – mobster de-construction, parlance police eating pasta, les Habitants hopes but what you need is a Haitian cab to ride into the warming Cohenian spring of your birth the stewardess’s skirt winked at me” (Miller, 2012).
Now the second and final paragraph of this piece of flash fiction has been added to the example in which it can be seen that this is a character who is returning home. Of course, the same process of delivery that was employed in the previously examined first paragraph is used again in the second but the associations being made are completely different. Now there are more specific images being used, images personally connected to the character, which allow for character development to take place; the reader gets to know this character. This then will allow the reader, at the end, access to the mechanisms, mentioned earlier, to arrive at the gist of the plot. In the example, it could be something like – the feeling of foreignness you get at home when you have been away for so long – or – our memories of places never match the reality of them, etc. Whatever it might be for a particular reader again does not matter, they will make those themselves, but what is important is that flash fiction is still fiction. Flash fiction gets you to the end of the story, and indeed, it still is a story – but what is different is the way it gets you there.