I missed last week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, and just felt so….unfinished! So I am back, joining Priceless Joy and a plethora of excellent writers using this photo prompt and 75 to 175 words to do our best to do it justice. Check out the varied stories inspired HERE.

“Duckie, Mama, duckie!”

Georgia glanced around, trying to see what had caught her daughter’s attention now. The street fair was playing havoc with their normal walk to the park. Up the road was a balloon man with animal shapes swirling above him, children surrounding him as they excitedly pointed out their favorites.

She sighed, wondering how to explain to Madeline that they couldn’t afford a balloon right now. Until now Maddy had been simply wondering at the kaleidoscope of movement that had landed on their block. Georgia and her husband had been able to keep food on the table while he was out of work, but the meager dollars he brought home doing odd jobs was not going to let them make casual purchases for Maddy like they used to. She looked down at her daughter, mentally rehearsing her speech.

“Mama, duckie,” Madeline said emphatically, tugging her mom’s hand.

Then Georgia realized that Maddy was pulling her towards the pond in the park, where a duck was urging her ducklings into the water, away from the chaos. Smiling with love at her daughter, Georgia let herself be herded into the park.




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8 responses to “FFfAW

  1. How sweet! I love it. I am glad she was pointing at the ducks in the lake instead of the balloons. Wonderful story! Thank you for participating in the FFfAW challenge!


  2. I like the way your story unfolds, Samantha, and the way you bring in the family’s financial problems at the moment. This becomes an issue for so many parents when their children pester to have things they just can’t afford. It made a lovely ending when Georgia realised it was the ducks on the pond she wanted to see. Well done.

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  3. Lovely story. I agree with Millie, the way the story unfolds is deftly done. Sometimes a duckie is just a duckie 🙂


  4. Ah, lovely story, Samantha. Small children can be darlings about these things.
    When my son was small, he loved those sit in cars they have in supermarket foyers, the ones you put a coin in and they move and play awful music. He was always so happy just sitting in them, he never nagged to have it move too – saving me lots of fifty pees.
    Course now, he’s all games consoles and mobile phones …

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  5. what a lovely story 🙂

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