Zapped – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Zach looked at Jillian lovingly and said, “Without you, I feel like a fish out of water. Will you marry me?”

Jillian’s face broke into a huge grin, as she replied, “I thought you’d never ask.”

Their lips came close to each other’s to seal the deal, when Zach suddenly stopped, looked at Jillian in panic, and shouted, “Who the hell are you?”

Jillian’s heart broke, once again, and she moved away quickly.

“Well, I’ll just have to try again….in a few seconds,” she thought to herself as she looked at the goldfish who had stolen her heart.


99 words.

Written in response to the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by Charli Mills. Charli’s prompt this week, in her own words, was:

April 26, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fish tale. It can be about fishing from any angle, about those who fish, or what might be caught. Go where the prompt leads.

This is also my final entry for the #AtoZChallenge and #BlogchatterA2Z. The final letter in the challenge was Z, of course, which, in my tale, stands for Zapped!

Finally, I apologize to all the goldfish in the world for maligning them unnecessarily. I know that the ‘goldfish-3-second-memory’ is a myth, but as we all know, myths lend themselves to stories so much better than the boring reality 🙂



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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10 Responses to Zapped – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

  1. Sweet tail, I mean Tale. 😀

  2. SeemaMisra says:

    A twist in the tail 😀
    Nice short fiction – enjoyed it and didn’t see it coming – the surprise ending.

    Zoned Out at Pepper House

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    It’s a hard life having to start over every 3 seconds! Congrats on completing the A – Z challenge.

  4. Norah says:

    Oh dear. I can’t see them having a long relationship at all.

  5. Goldfish and their memories…. oh, I’ve forgotten what I was going to say! Congrats on making it to Z.

    A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

  6. Moon says:

    Congratulations on completing your wonderfully entertaining A to Z series.
    I have really enjoyed the stories that I have had the opportunity of reading. Shall try to catch up on the missed posts, soon.
    Best wishes,

  7. Akshata Ram says:

    A gold fish romance how romantic is that! Loved your tales. Congrats on completing the challenge

  8. LOL. I hadn’t heard the rumour that goldfish have a 3 sec memory – it would make them the same as snakes in that regard. Your story though is lovely, funny but tragic. A romance that fails all because of memory issues.

  9. Charli Mills says:

    Too funny! At least, one would get to relive the first love feeling over and over. Maybe that’s why she persists.

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