Carrot Tops: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

One of the blog prompts over at Carrot Ranch was to write a 99 word (no more, no less) about tools, either using the word itself or mentioning different kinds of tools. This pedometer geek writer had difficulty with this prompt, but when I checked out the site ( ), I thought I had an extra week to write something. Finally, earlier today (soon to be tomorrow, but I digress), I came up with an idea, and it is as follows:

Carrot Tops

Aloysius considered himself to be ordinary as much as any cat believes he’s ordinary.

His magical powers were just part of who he was. His flying ability, his strength, his speed, and other abilities were all tools to be used when needed.

Aloysius mostly used his powers in a positive manner, but every so often his curiosity got the better of him.

This day, Aloysius watched the waving fronds of carrots in his family’s garden. Mesmerized, he pounced on them, pulling a carrot out. He took a bite, but wasn’t impressed until he realized he could see for miles.

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all the stories on tools, check out under the blog tab. The Carrot Ranch’s Word Wranglers used the tool prompt in so many inventive ways.

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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5 Responses to Carrot Tops: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    Well now that’s a fun super power.

    (I don’t get to read all the stories all the time. Sometimes I do check out the complation… But not always. – This was still in my ‘IN’ box – Glad I found it. 🙂

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    • Thanks Jules. Orange was the color I have had the most trouble with because I wanted the colors to come from nature. Aloysius is a fun character to write.

      Hope your festival of lights has been good this year!

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      • Jules says:

        Family and friends what could be better?
        One of my DIL’s was showing one of the areas amusement parks that decorated with lights that she went through – Always fun to see conservitive lighting done well 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Michael Seidel, writer and commented:
    Another grin-inducing story about the mighty Aloysius.

    Liked by 1 person

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