The bike was whole again.

Alex had spent all day taking it apart, tinkering, cleaning, polishing, and buffing, and eventually put it back together. He was meticulous with every single detail.

Apart from, that is, one spring he’d left out.

He was baffled.

How had he missed it, and where was it from?

Regardless, he started the process of taking the bike apart once more, hoping he would soon find the spring a home.

Another attempt at flash fiction for Red’s Flash in the Pan. The word for this tale is ‘Left’; and the word limit is 75. I’ve left one word out, and used 74 this time.

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  1. After years of overhauling mechanical conveyances, I have come to the conclusion that in every car/bike/whatever, there are a certain number of redundant pieces the manufacturer puts in solely for the purpose of bamboozling do-it-yourselfers.

    Or, as a friend of mine says upon discovering a handful of leftover bits: “That’s the profit.”

    Great story, Tom, and I love that you “left” out one word! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I left the word out deliberately as well, you know!
      I think you’ve concluded correctly. I always find some odd whatnot when I have to put something together.

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  2. You ;LEFT’ one word out Tom, LOL… great post, and humour, as you play with 74 words… I do hope that Spring wasn’t vital ! .. Great to read and loving coming into the Spheres Space 🙂

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  3. Bwahaha! An OCD nightmare. Great flash and I am glad to see you pop back up! When you comment, your posts are automatically added to your comments. Check them out. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Red, it is a bit OCD isn’t it?
      I noticed the latest post appearing, but wasn’t sure if it was overwritten by my next latest post… but on checking it isn’t. It makes commenting easier now!

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    1. I love cliffhangers, but maybe I do overuse them a little.
      I am trying to write complete stories in these flashes, but it is a teeny bit more difficult to fit the story in. But, if I keep trying, I shall succeed. One day. Hopefully. 🙂

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      1. I know exactly what you mean about writing full stories as I have the same problem. You don’t overuse cliff hangers…on the contrary you put them to great use and do so with a skill that I both lack and admire 🙂 Long live the cliff hangers!

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  4. Love it. Though so frustrated for poor Alex! It reminds me of when I was young and used to take things like my radio or a torch apart and would often find something left over when I pieced them back together. They usually still worked though. Guess you can’t take that risk with a bike though…..!!!

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