My short story, Flag, posted today on 1:1000. In a sense it is autobiographical, but none of it actually happened. The day I started it I was standing at my morning duty post in the commons of my high school when I saw a student walking around with a case of art supplies. While I was looking at him, I suddenly could smell acrylic paint. It took me back to so many memories. Later that same day, I found the 1:1000 website. They have an interesting concept where writers select a picture and then write a 1,000(ish) word story to accompany it. As I was scrolling through, I saw the picture of Jasper Johns’s Flag. Johns has always been one of my favorite artists. These two incidents of my past pushing in on my present inspired this story.