The Encyclopedia Kingdom: 99-word flash fiction

This week’s prompt at Carrot Ranch ( 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 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.


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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8 Responses to The Encyclopedia Kingdom: 99-word flash fiction

  1. Jules says:

    It is always interesting to see animals from different countries. Some you can’t get so up close and personal too. Others we think are cute are but pests where they live. And then other animals become stow-aways and create havoc to the ‘new country’ where they have no predators to keep their numbers in check. It boils down to location, location, location 😉

    One of these days I’d like to travel to a country that I haven’t been to before… that’s safe!

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    • New Zealand…that is a beautiful country. I could live there IF they would have me. It is a neat country and relatively safe.
      I have always enjoyed learning about exotic animals. The diversity fascinates me. I would like to see a wombat in the flesh/fur. The Cleveland Zoo has a whole section on animals of Australia…lots of kangaroos and wallabies, koalas, etc. But no wombats, alas… On the other hand, there is a zoo or animal sanctuary in Chicago that supposedly has an exhibit with wombats. Now, to plan a trip there.

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  2. Norah says:

    Nice story. Fingers crossed for wombats. They’re often hidden away in zoos during the day, sleeping in burrows or hollow logs. Even we Aussies don’t often seem them about, even when we stand at their enclosures waiting for hours. If you follow Australian author Jackie French on Twitter, you will see many videos of wombats. They live at her house and she writes gorgeous books about them. She is always posting fun videos of wombats. 🙂


    • Thanks Norah. I will check out her wombat videos. While the Cleveland Zoo does have a section of Australian animals and habitats including koalas (and they ARiversity oE adorable), they don’t have any wombats. I have been told, however, that Chicago has a few wombats. Now that my husband and I can feel like we can travel again, we may actually make it. I would love to see Australia some time and its diversity of animals, but don’t know that I will ever get that opportunity. The closest we came was 1000 miles away in New Zealand. Alas…some day, maybe. ~nan

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  3. floatinggold says:

    What a cute story. It’s such a great feeling when wishes do come true.


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