Cause and Effect

Michael stood hyperventilating, living his worst nightmare over and over again.

The fountain of the town’s newest public installation had suddenly run dry. He was going to lose his job for not protecting the statue, he was sure.

“Noooooooo….” Michael heard a gut-wrenching wail, and his head jerked up. He looked around, but there was no one to be seen.

And then, he looked up… at the statue… which was now covering its eyes!

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Could the sound have originated there?

His suspicions were confirmed, as the statue cried out once again, “Nooooooo…take them away. Those pretzels are making me thirsty!”

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100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). To read many more fun stories inspired by this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

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Ed looked at the pen in his hand wistfully. Use it well, and he could become a billionaire.

But the cost…

Well, a guilty conscience never killed anyone, Ed thought to himself…unlike a pen, as he jabbed it into his wife’s neck, and became the sole owner of her vast estate.

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278 characters.

Written as a part of Kat Myrman’ Twittering Tales.

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Crash Diet!

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“Your son did WHAT???” the President bellowed, shaking with fury.

His General, looking as if he wished that the ground would open up and swallow him, squeaked, “Well, not to make any excuses, but he is a bit young Sir…”.

That further enraged the President, who shouted, “Not too young to destroy decades of peace between us and THEM, apparently.”

“It is not entirely his fault, Sir, the plane was in our airspace…” the General tried to placate his Supreme Commander.

“And so he thought it fit to bring down the plane of his own accord, thus annihilating the Peace Accord signed by our forefathers,” the President was now at his sarcastic and eloquent best, making full use of his expensive college education.

The General tried to calm the President down once again, “But Sir, if you will just hear me out…”

The President stop pacing the room and asked with a deathly calm voice, “OK, speak!”

The General collected all his courage, and said, “He has just started teething Sir, and when he saw the plane near his mouth, he just couldn’t resist trying to chew it. Please forgive his impetuousness Sir, you too were a baby Dragon once!”

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200 words.

Written as a part of Sunday Photo Fiction.

 

 

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A Gift Fit for Royalty

The raucous court of the Emperor went deathly quiet as I walked in.

The Princess, sitting next to her father, squealed with delight and ran up to me.

“I thought they’d gone extinct…” she cried out, looking at the cute and cuddly bundle of joy that I was holding.

“Apparently not, Your Highness, I found this wandering in the forest,” I replied.

“What should I call it?” the Princess wondered excitedly.

“I believe the humans used to call it a baby, Your Highness,” I answered with a smile, as the Koala Princess almost snatched her gift from my arms.

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99 words.

Written in response to the Carrot Ranch July 11: Flash Fiction Challenge . The challenge this week was to write a story in 99 words on a Koala in a kingdom!

Note: I’m sorry I was away for so long without notice, but it was not because I was not writing, au contraire, I was writing a bit too much. I was in the process of wrapping up two scriptwriting projects for Disney India, and simply ran out of time and mind space, those two mortal enemies of all writers. Back now, with my daily dose of stories for the child in you!

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Life is Beautiful!

I finished my 20th lap in the heated swimming pool and came out, drying my wet hair with a towel.

I pressed the button on the remote, and messaged my butler to get me some Beluga Caviar. As I waited, I looked at my luxurious surroundings…and thanked my lucky stars once again for global warming, which had pushed us polar bears to evolve enough to take over the world.

My Man was still not here. It was so difficult to get good help these days.

I shouted in exasperation, “Donald Trump…get your lazy ass here right now”.

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99 words.

Written in response to the Carrot Ranch May 23 Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by Charli Mills.

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The Sins of the Son

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The woman at the door said in an accusing tone, “Your son broke our window!”

Enraged, I asked, “On what basis are you blaming my son?”

“Well,” replied the man, “because the window belonged to our spaceship. We would’ve brought your hammer along, but we couldn’t lift it, Mr. Thor.”

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279 characters.

Written in response to Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales.

 

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Homecoming!

I’d returned home after a long time, but I knew in my heart that I would find her in the grove, picking up those lovely oranges.

And I was right.

There she stood, head wrapped in her red scarf. My heart leaped up, and I started grinning like an ass.

I moved closer, wanting to surprise her.

SQUELCH!

Startled, she turned around! A horrified look came on her face, and as she threw an orange violently at me, she exclaimed, “YOU! I thought I’d driven you away permanently. Grandma was right, you donkeys don’t have much brains, do you?”

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99 words.

Written in response to Charli Mills’  Carrot Ranch 99-word Fiction prompt.

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