Aloysius Saves the Day: 99-word Flash Fiction

This week over at Carrot Ranch (, the Wranglers as Charli Mills calls the writers there were given a prompt to write about whispers, whether creepy or otherwise in 99 words (no more, no less). The following is this pedometer geek writer’s story:

Aloysius Saves the Day

Aloysius heard the whispers of his people. He didn’t eavesdrop on their conversations, but his hearing had become more acute since his adventure in the fountain.

His hearing was augmented by violets, which clung to his fur that fateful day. Months later, Aloysius still could hear the slightest sound any of his family made.

Lily, the youngest child, decided to run away from home because she was mad at her parents. Lily packed underwear in her backpack, walked to the corner, and cried.

Aloysius came to Lily’s rescue, sitting with her, comforting her, purring, and finally leading her home.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all the stories written about whispers, check out the blog at

On an unrelated matter, on last week’s Haiku Dialogue column at the Haiku Foundation, this pedometer geek had a haiku chosen for inclusion on the prompt: Finding Peace and Contemplation in worn, imperfect, and transient things (an old ship’s chain). Thanks to the editor, Marietta McGregor, for choosing the following haiku:

chain broken…

too many nights

of unfaithfulness

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all the haiku chosen for inclusion, check out Haiku Dialogue at


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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9 Responses to Aloysius Saves the Day: 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    I read a series once where there was a magical cat in a book store…
    I like your Aloysius. Using his augmented senses to be a hero. 😉

    Congratulations on your haiku too.

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    • Thanks, Jules. I am trying to make Aloysius a magical, humble cat (as if any cat is humble). He is just himself. I have never read that series or I think I would remember it. I probably should have named him something other than Aloysius since no one in my office could pronounce it correctly except I think it is a cool name for a cat.

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  2. Did it have a thorn in his paw? 😉


    • JP, Rob and I were just Googling Aloysius and found out that Sesame Street’s Snuffleupagus’ first name is Aloysius. I never even knew it had a distinct first name, just figured it was Snuffleupagus. Who knew?!


  3. We all need an Aloysius in our lives. I’m happy that you give us one.

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  4. Aloysius has a heart of gold. I’m glad she went back home and I’m sure he’ll keep her safe. And that’s one hell of a haiku Nan! So much depth in even fewer words.

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