Photo Prompt © Björn Rudberg

“Their kids stick chewing gums on us,” said the first.

“They pull at us till we disintegrate,” the second pipped in.

“The adults are no better, they leave us in dark places and forget all about us for years,” complained the third.

“No more,” cried out the oldest among them, “we refuse to serve those who abuse us. Let us go to those who need us the most and will actually appreciate us.”

And a few minutes later, the town woke up to see thousands of warm woolen caps leaving the luxury apartment block, and marching towards the homeless shelter!


100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details of the challenge HERE). The objective is to write a short story of 100 words or less based on the photo prompt given above.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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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53 Responses to Strike!

  1. Moon says:

    A lovely story from the hat’s point of view. 🙂 Really enjoyed reading it.

  2. Jan Brown says:

    Enjoyed this writing in the voice of the hats!

  3. Varad says:

    As a collector of caps, this might just be my worst nightmare.

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    A social revolution started by the hats! 🙂

  5. Martin Cororan says:

    Seems legit!

  6. Dear Anurag,

    Imaginative. I like the hat POV.



  7. draliman says:

    We’ve taken them for granted for so many years, I don’t blame them. Fun 🙂

  8. Alice Audrey says:

    If hats could talk. And walk. 🙂

  9. Dale says:

    Oh dear, like Varad, my husband was a collector of caps… they are all lined up on the sofa for the boys to choose before I give them away to deserving people! Better hurry up before they bolt!

  10. plaridel says:

    great take on the prompt. what a colorful parade it must have been. 🙂

  11. Liz Young says:

    Great fun – a procession I would love to have seen!

  12. Hats finding a home where they are appreciated… what a great idea.

  13. Jelli says:

    Oh, I love that one. I can just envision the parade of hats marching down the center of town, or better yet, marching through Times Square, or down Michigan Avenue!

  14. Lovely tale from the POV of the hats. Good on them for moving to where they are needed.

  15. Now that’s funny! Hope they find better owners there.🙄

  16. rgayer55 says:

    Everyone, even a hat, wants to be loved and appreciated. It sounds like they are headed in the right direction.

  17. Very amusing tale! Will teach us to treat our hats and other clothing better from now on.

  18. What an adorable story. They were off to serve a much higher purpose at the homeless shelter. I love it! =)

  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Woooo go hats!! And a good choice. I hope they will be loved again 😃

  20. Susan says:

    An interesting perspective. I can related to the ‘leave us in dark places and forget about us’ comment. You should see the closet where my husband keeps his baseball caps. Good job!

  21. granonine says:

    Great take on this prompt. These hats have become sentient beings in so many stories 🙂

  22. yarnspinnerr says:

    A wonderful take.

    Happy Holidays.

  23. Ha, Ha. I liked this story, Anurag. Good for the hats. The wealthy didn’t appreciate them so they went to the homeless. I could see them marching down the street. Good writing. Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year 2018. 😀 — Suzanne

  24. Jan Vanek says:

    How clever to write this story from the point of view of the hats! I loved it, and now I’ll have a little empathy for my hats I keep stored in the closet! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  25. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! Let’s hope they find more appreciative people over in the shelter.

  26. I really like the fairy tale like imagination of your story – a whole new angle on the hat community !

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