What a Duck Wants – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

In response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Authors

“What the duck is wrong with you?” squeaked Mama McFeather. “You are too young to decide what to do with your life!”

I just stood there, disoriented. I have my family on one side and him on the other.

Why do we have to move?” I pleaded. “I love this place! Who knows what lays ‘cross the river. And he…I’m starting to like him -”

“HOLY QUACK!” jeered Papa. “We McFeathers are a proud lot and listen to me you, we do not mix with simpletons!”

“But he’s great!!” I tried to press on. “He taught me how to swim like a pro and we have so much fun together. I don’t want to leave it all behind! I may never find a friend like him again!”

Mama sniffed. “Then it’s up to you, Melissa. It’s either him or us!”

I shot him one look and I immediately knew. I took a deep breath and stepped to my right.

Word Count: 159

Photo by Priceless Joy.


This is something I wrote for the weekly event Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We have to write a short piece (100-150 words, with a leeway of 25 words) based on a photo prompt.I found this exercise extremely fun and creative. 🙂

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26 thoughts on “What a Duck Wants – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. Ooh, I like how you kept it open for us to decide (or maybe for a continuation?). Ultimatums and pleas for understanding… I can hear the rumble of dramatic music playing overhead already. 😀 😛 Also, while reading, I wondered who “he” was and if “he” was pressuring her, too. Though I doubt it. Excellent take on the prompt!

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    • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I did think of a continuation but perhaps somethings are better left to the imagination, don’t you think? And well at least in my version of the story, “he” is a good guy so he was definitely not pressuring Melissa. He would have missed her though. Omg typing this I realize there is so much I can do with these characters, maybe I’ll write a prequel! 😀

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