Boys and Their Toys: A 99-word Flash Fiction (BOTS)

Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch wranglers had their first prompt of the year. It was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) story about wishes with the idea of I wish and to go where the prompt led the writer.

Today she posted The Collection: all the stories that these writers wrote about wishes. They are really worth reading so please check them out at

Here’s the one that this pedometer geek writer wrote:

Boys and Their Toys

From the time Rob was old enough to ask Santa for what he wanted, his wish was for a train. Every year he wished for a train, and every year he was disappointed.

He would get sensible gifts like underwear and socks and some toy, but never his heart’s desire.

Years passed; the boy became a man. He no longer asked, but still wished for a train.

Finally, Rob bought a train for himself. It’s a British locomotive like his great grandfather drove in Scotland.  It travels past a station, lake, forest, and a stone circle—his wish fulfilled.

~Nancy Brady, 2022

Seriously, check out The Collection. This pedometer geek found such varied responses to the prompt. Some were humorous; some were poignant, but all were heartfelt. One in particular made me laugh out loud. Again, under the Blog.

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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16 Responses to Boys and Their Toys: A 99-word Flash Fiction (BOTS)

  1. Jules says:

    That seems to be the case sometimes. You wait and then you are able to fulfill your own wishes 🙂

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    • Exactly, Jules. He is having fun with it and his photography. I particularly like the stone circle he built and all the other little touches he has put into his train.
      Stay safe with all the snow heading your way. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        Right now it is just raining, but that is supposed to change… And according to the famed Groundhog… six more weeks of winter!

        Hubby’s got back into bowling – Tuesday he had three games of 190 or better. A pro he will not make. But having fun is good 😀

        And not that it is ‘Fun’ but he was available for two rather long Hazmat calls this week so far.

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  2. They never outgrow their toys or desire for toys. I kind of like a man with a train set though, a nice hobby.

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  3. ellenbest24 says:

    Boys and their toys. I was such a big wish for Santa to fit on his slay, but as someone once said if you wish hard enough you may be able to get it yourself.


  4. Catxman says:

    He was 32 years old.

    He ran down the steps, his footsteps echoing off the walls.

    “Is it here? Is it here? Was HE here?”

    There was an extra-large box, all wrapped up. The ribbon was shiny satiny red. The man squealed like a boy. “OMG OMG. It came.”

    — Catxman

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    • Catxman, check out Carrot Ranch especially if you are interested in writing some flash fiction. This week’s prompt is to write about 49ers, and the deadline is tomorrow by midnight if you wish to be considered for the Collection.


  5. Jules,
    It rained briefly, but then changed to snow. We’ve shoveled or used the snow-thrower six times in the past two days. One the first night, four times yesterday, and again this morning, but it is melting off already. We can even see pavement! 🙂

    I didn’t hear what Buckeye Chuck (our Phil) indicated. Last year he differed from Pux. Phil said.

    Marty bowled well. Nearly a 600 series is impressive; around here, that consistent would qualify for a Classic league (>175 average)

    It’s been some time since I bowled regularly. I keep thinking I’ll join a league again, but I haven’t despite the fact the bowling alley is around the corner (a half block) from us. We can see it from the house; it’s that close. Then, of course, we could bowl with the Wii sports game, but after a while, it becomes boring.

    Are there a lot of Hazmat runs this time of year? Just curious if there is a season for these incidents.

    Stay safe.


  6. Norah says:

    I’m pleased he was able to make his wish come true.

    Liked by 1 person

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