The Stranded Grasshopper

“Look what the tide brought in,” cried out my wife excitedly. “I never knew grasshoppers could survive in the sea for so long, it’s been ages since we had one on our island,” I remarked.

“Should we go closer?” asked my wife.

“Yes, but very carefully,” I replied, “It might get scared and scamper away.”

“Don’t worry,” she said, “He won’t even realize I’m there.”

Saying this, she started moving very slowly towards the grasshopper, making nary a sound in the process. Soon, she was just behind him, making sure that her shadow did not fall on him and frighten him.

And then, like a gunshot, she struck at him, swift and hard, and before he realized it, the grasshopper had been gobbled alive. “You were right,” she said, as we slithered back towards our hole, “It has been  ages since we HAD a grasshopper on our island. I had almost forgotten it could be so tasty.”


157 words.

This story has been written as a part of the Flash Fiction Challenge by the good folks at Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ( The photo prompt was given, and a story was to be written on it in less than 175 words.

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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13 Responses to The Stranded Grasshopper

  1. Brilliantly written story, Anurag. Loved this and the sudden maddeningly delightful twisty end.

  2. Hahaha! Loved the twist at the end… you snake! LOL! Great story!

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Eek, poor grasshopper, survived all that way just to be eaten alive! Great fun.

  4. James says:

    Nice “fake out.” Snake gets dinner.

  5. Dahlia says:


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