Embracing the Mud: A 99-word Flash Fiction

This week’s Carrot Ranch prompt, which actually has been extended until October 26, was to write in 99 words (no more, no less) about mud, whether actual or metaphorical mud. The writers were to embrace the mud since writing can be such a messy business.

This pedometer geek writer decided to write another story about Aloysius. Not sure it measures up to some of the others, but it is as follows:

Embracing the Mud

Every so often, Aloysius would wander down to the farm where the pigs lived. He considered those pigs his friends.

The pigs, which Aloysius saved, loved wallowing in the mud especially if it was hot. That’s what they were doing when Aloysius arrived. The pigs invited the white cat into joining them, but Aloysius declined.

The mud looked messy and sticky. Aloysius was a fastidious feline, and he didn’t want to clean the mud off his fur afterwards.

When a piglet fell into the puddle and began to flail around, however, Aloysius willingly jumped in, pulling the piglet out.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all of the stories about mud, check out http://www.carrotranch.com, or even to submit a story or two.

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 Embracing the Mud: A 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. I love the tales of mighty Aloysius, the noble feline.

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  2. Jules says:

    Reluctant heroes often do just what is needed exactly when!

    I’ve just posted my piece 🙂
    Not a BoTS… but I think with the onset of football season some of the local schools had their Homecoming dances… And most often it is beauty that wins over kindness and brains. At least that’s how it used to be. Though I have seen just a tad more diversity – hard to have diversity when you have a majority of any one kind of peoples any particular place.

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    • I just read it.Nicely done Rhyming all the lines and still producing all the angst of beauty vs. brains or kindness, and in the hands of teens, beauty usually wins. Sometimes these teens grow up and discover content matters, rather than beauty, which can fade..

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      • Jules says:

        Or those same Beauty Queens go to College to get their MRS…

        I knew one who did that. But ended up not caring for her hubby’s chosen profession -so she put him through school a second time around so he could get a more prestigious job!!

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  3. Keep it up and you’re going to need to start producing Aloysius toys for home use (and companionship). I’ll reserve one now!

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  4. Jules, that is really sad…that a woman is so concerned with prestige and upward mobility. ~nan


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