This week’s prompt at Carrot Ranch (www.carrotranch.com) was ‘kingdom for a koala.’ A flash fiction in ninety-nine words (no more and no less) was to be written. If it could be based on a true story, great. In this pedometer geek’s case, it is.
The Encyclopedia Kingdom
Julie loved picking up random volumes of the encyclopedia, discovering new animals. It was there that she found entries for wombats and koalas. Both were from Australia, but she’d probably only see them in pictures.
One Christmas, however, she saw a Moore’s ad with a stuffed koala bear on sale, ninety-nine cents. She circled it and hoped the hint would be taken.
On Christmas morning, Julie was excited to open a package containing the little koala. It looked less like the pictures, but she was happy.
Years later, she saw koalas at the Cleveland Zoo. Wombats? Fingers still crossed.
Nancy Brady, 2019
Check out all the entries over at http://www.carrotranch.com to discover all the kingdoms of the koala. Or pick up a random volume of an encyclopedia, and see what entry fires up excitement in you.