Sunflower Meltdown: A 99-word Flash Fiction

This week over at Carrot Ranch (, the prompt was to write a story using the word meltdown in 99 words (no more, no less). This pedometer geek writer almost had a meltdown trying to come up with something worthwhile to write. Attempts were made, but nothing seemed to work. So, with a short amount of time left, like fifteen minutes, a quick story was written and submitted. It is not a great piece, but it is as follows:

Sunflower Meltdown

Surprise sunflowers came up in the flower bed that was planted with canna lilies. Seeds dropped by hungry birds at the feeder probably were the reason for the surprise.

The feeders were gone for the summer, but some of the birds remained. New birds also arrived, attracted by the bright yellow flowers. Bees, too, found the flowers attractive, but two birds were particularly enamored by the sunny faces.

Goldfinches, male and female, feasted on the ripening seeds. Whether it was the goldfinches or the heaviness of the sunflower heads, it was a meltdown, dipping their heads toward the earth.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all the good meltdown stories, mosey on over to Carrot Ranch (  

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 Sunflower Meltdown: A 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Sandra Wright says:

    You must work well under pressure, this story is great!

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    • Thanks Sandy; I appreciate your compliment,
      Personally, I don’t think my use of the word meltdown was all that good, but I liked the rest of the story. I wanted to add some photos of the goldfinches and the sunflowers, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t figure that out last night. I have to admit that I am a procrastinator so working under pressure is a given. .


  2. Jules says:

    We’re having a sort of feeder meltdown here. There’s something nasty spreading amid the smaller finches a disease that’s leaving them ‘belly-up’. So we’ve been asked to take down our feeders to help stop the transfer. I feed ’em all year round – I figure the birds eat the other annoying bugs (especially the mosquitoes). I’ve been scattering some seed on the ground, what I’ve got left. But I’m not sure when we can start feeding them again. I still see some birdies – but not as many. 😦

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    • Jules, It is happening here, too. That birds are having issues, especially their eyes. Our feeders are down and have been for a month or so, but the sunflowers were already up and growing. It is nice to see birds foraging and on the sunflowers no less. I have taken so many photos of male and female goldfinches on the sunflowers, but I couldn’t figure out how to post them with my blog. I used to be able to do it, but not recently.

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      • Jules says:

        All I know is that you probably have to get them in your Media Library first. You have to be in the dashboard of WP to get to Media, and when you get to that it gives you the choice of Library and Add New.

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  3. I couldn’t even find the Media Library list last night, but your explanation should get me started. Thanks so much. You are a blog goddess!


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