Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign: 99-word flash fiction

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Julie was frequently seen walking around town, which was one perk to living where she did. It could be hazardous because drivers didn’t pay much attention to pedestrians despite the recently changed street layout.

Suddenly, there were three red octagonal markers where there had been none, demanding each car to stop before proceeding. Most drivers, however, just slid around the corner unless there was another car at the three-sided intersection.

Julie experienced many close calls in that crosswalk as cars zipped by. Fed up, she made and put up three strategically placed signs: “IT’S NOT A SUGGESTION: STOP AHEAD.”

Nancy Brady, 2019

This week’s Carrot Ranch prompt was the word, sign, which was to be used in any manner to write a 99-word (no more, no less) flash fiction. Here was my take on the prompt with the title coming from the song, Signs, by the Five Man Electrical Band, a Canadian rock group. The song was released in 1971, by the way.  (Now, I have this song stuck in my head as an ear worm, too.)

See all the 99-word flash pieces at Those new to Carrot Ranch are always warmly welcomed by Charli Mills and her other word wranglers.







About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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5 Responses to Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign: 99-word flash fiction

  1. calmkate says:

    lol like this one nan, reminds of a local school who repeatedly tried everything to get traffic to slow down for the safety of the kids … eventually one father found the solution. He erected a sign that read “nudest colony” and everyone slowed down almost to a halt 🙂

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    • Kate,
      I have learned that pedestrians must always be alert. They are not given any respect; not from cars and not from bicyclists who choose the sidewalk over the street. Speaking from my own experience here…nan

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      • calmkate says:

        have to agree, i nearly got killed by a driver speeding out of her driveway in full view of a cafe full of people … I hit the brakes and went over her bonnet instead of under the wheels. They were angry …

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  2. Jules says:

    Interestingly enough in either China or Japan I read that once you reach 100 you can cross anywhere you like and the cars must stop or the driver can get fined.

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