Aloysius’s Discovery: 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week over at Carrot Ranch ( the prompt was to write a story in 99 words (no more, no less) that included a feather.

This pedometer geek writer decided to continue the story of Aloysius, who was also called Rainbow. It was at the urging of one of my Red Room writer friends. It is as follows:

Aloysius’s Discovery

Aloysius, AKA Rainbow, serendipitously discovered that his multi-colored fur had magical powers. Blue seemed connected with sky. This began the day he found a blue jay’s feather on the ground. When he touched it with his front paw, he felt himself lifting from the ground. All four feet fanned out, and with his tail as a rudder, he flew.

Okay, Aloysius was a bit clumsy with flying at first, but with his trusty feather stuck behind his left ear, he soon soared over treetops and roofs. No one seemed to notice a flying cat, and he found it empowering.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

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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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11 Responses to Aloysius’s Discovery: 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Delightful! Just the thought of a flying cat makes me smile. Thank you!

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  2. Jules says:

    Well, if pigs can fly… or frogs (The book ‘Tuesday’) why not cats!
    A fun read!

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  3. Thanks, Barbara. I’m glad it made you smile, and you found something to like in my silly story. It makes me smile, too. Rosy Cole asked for more so I decided to see if I can continue Aloysius’s story.

    Thanks, Jules. Glad you found some fun in my story. I hope to use Charli’s prompts to continue the story, 99 words at a time.


  4. The effect of a flying cat on the local bird life is the stuff of nightmares but made me smile in your skilled hands.


  5. Yay! Aloysiuss returns. I wonder if his newfound child friend is a secret witness to this spectacle. I wonder if they’ll fly together. What a wondrous little story, I feel his empowerment and freedom. Beautiful writing, Nancy!

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    • Thanks, Rebecca. You have given me something to consider in the future. I hope to find more adventures for Aloysius.

      By the way, I tried to write a comment on your story, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t. It is just excellent with the return to earth with a form with feathers. May the flight from the cliff be filled with thermals.

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      • Thank you for coming across to visit. I’m sorry you couldn’t leave a comment, I find it sometimes gets buggy when using the app? Hopefully it fixes itself soon.

        And thank you also for the kind words, thermals would be optimal. I’m sure they’ve picked the perfect place for such an experience. I look forward to seeing Aloysius around in the future!

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  6. Thank you for visiting here, too. I think that, as a society, we have traded the traditional domestic tasks and problems for Internet issues of apps and connections. Which one is more annoying or tiresome is debatable.

    I hope to spend some more time with Aloysius before or unless I have a “meltdown,” which only makes sense to those who frequent Carrot Ranch. Of course, you understand it Rebecca. ~nan


  7. Reblogged this on Michael Seidel, writer and commented:
    Ah, floofgic.

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  8. Thanks Michael for the reblog. I do appreciate it.


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