9:00A.M.–A 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch ( http://www.carrotranch.com ) was a bit different.  It was to write about a park bench based on a gif that covered twenty-four hours in the life of this park bench. The title was to correlate with the time of a particular image. Per usual, the flash fiction was to be exactly 99 words (no more, no less). Here’s the pedometer geek’s version.


The day was sunny and warm so Victoria decided to take her little boy to the park. Jamie held his mother’s hand as they crossed the street and walked to the playground.

Jamie loved the slides, and Torie loved the Little Free Library that was adjacent to the bench. There was always a good selection of books for both kids and adults.

As Jamie played nearby with his trucks, Torie chose Shrader Marks: Keelhouse from the library and began to read. She also chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar for Jamie’s naptime.

Tomorrow, she’d bring a couple books to share.

Nancy Brady, 2020

Check out all of the flash fictions as well as the gif at http://www.carrotranch.com. Some are truly inspired and touching. It is amazing the depth of the stories that the writers come up with in just 99 words.






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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6 Responses to 9:00A.M.–A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    I just found a third Little Free Library in my area! It is smaller than the other two – none of them are really large. I am always straightening out the books and bringing some to exchange. 🙂

    How is your ‘Library’ doing? Did I tell you that one of the books that I ‘registered’ and placed in one of the Free Libraries got feed back! 😀

    (Did you get your postcards?)

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    • Yes, I did, and my apologies for not thanking you sooner.

      My LFL is doing pretty well, but I am soon to have another. This one will be at the park by the lake. It will be filled with children’s books (infant to teen) as this park is filled with kids of all ages throughout the year especially during the spring and summer. I asked the city for permission and they said yes, but it won’t be installed until the spring. I have got to start working on getting it painted and ready for the unveiling. I hope to have a ribbon cutting ceremony.

      I love when someone adds to my LFL library and notebook. It is exciting to read what they like or where they are from, etc. so I understand why you were. It is nice to know that someone appreciates the books inside.

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      • Jules says:

        One of the free libraries that is a Tote type shed on a shelve had one of the doors fall off – I made sure I had a screwdriver the next time I visited in case it wasn’t fixed yet. It wasn’t – I fixed it. And wrote so in their journal. Not all LFL have journals. In another one I took a tallish plastic container and put in some bookmarks…

        The Tote library, I think also sports a kind of small toy exchange or geo cache. But I never got into geo caching…

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  2. That’s so like you to fix the LFL. You are a bit like Rob; he’d do the same thing. I don’t understand geo-caching so have never explored it beyond having heard of it. I don’t think everyone with LFL has a journal. Many have had theirs either taken or obscenities written on the pages. I lost one so far, but I have had more success with this one. Of course, my LFL has only been in existence for the better part of a year.


  3. Norah says:

    Nancy, I love that you included the little free library. Every park should have one. Great response.

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  4. Norah,
    I hope to have one in the nearby park this spring. I already have one in my yard, but I’m working with the city to get it up and going. It is to be filled with children’s books (infants to teen readers) since that park is filled each weekend with families. I want children of all ages to have the gift of literacy. ~nan


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