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A Summer Afternoon

May 31, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

May 27, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes tiny flying insects. Think about how the insects shape the scene or add to the action. Go where the prompt leads!

A Summer Afternoon

Tad sat with his father on the edge of an old oak stump. They sat, father and son, watching the water.

Tad didn’t have the heart to tell his father he’d rather be in the water than sitting and watching the water.

“Don’t fret, son. It takes practice; you’ve got it in you.”

“Yeah, I know, but—”

“Hold it, Tad, look,” his dad said as he poked his son in the side.


“There, to your left. Now watch.”

Dad threw his tongue out, grabbed the unsuspecting mosquito and pulled it back into his mouth.

“Wow dad, cool!”



7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2021 3:18 pm

    Ya got me! Was not suspecting that end…
    as oblivious as the mosquito!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. May 31, 2021 8:57 pm

    I’m in the same boat as Liz! Utterly surprised. Fabulous twist! I love the imagery this one conjured.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 1, 2021 6:35 pm

    What a great father-son moment! Love the play on names (Tad) and your song selection. It’s always fun to see what musical and story pairing you make, Michael.

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    • June 9, 2021 3:32 pm

      Thanks Charli! Yeah, the name was fun and it made me laugh when I thought of it. It’s fun to write, but it’s even more fun when I can make myself laugh!



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