Flash Fiction: April 12

Over to Charli at the Carrot Ranch for details of this week’s 99 word challenge:


April 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. You can use an association to the winged, cave-dwelling critter, or you can explore the word for other meanings. Bonus points for including a bat cave. Go where the prompt leads.

‘I tell you I’m not going out there!’
‘Don’t be so silly. You’ll be fine.’
‘No! I like it here. It’s safe.’
‘It is for now, but sooner rather than later you’re going to have to trust yourself and take the plunge with the rest.’
‘I said no, and I mean no. I’m staying here.’
‘OK. I’ve tried being nice. Now, as your mother, I’m going to have to lay the law down. YOU ARE LEAVING!’
‘You pups think you know it all. We all have to go before the cave floods, otherwise we’ll die. Your choice. Coming?’

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Flash Fiction: April 12

  1. Great flash. I love that bat babies are called ‘pups.’ I didn’t know where this was heading until the end. I liked the suprise.

    • We found a bat pup on the back step where I worked years ago and called The Bat Man to ask what we should do. Following his advice, we put it in some ivy out of the way of predators, but sadly it didn’t survive. We believe it may have been poisoned .

      • Oh how sad! I don’t want to have them in house (that happened a couple of times) but I do know how important these creatures are to the balance of nature. I can’t imagine poisoning one of them.

      • We think it was an accident and it just fed on the wrong thing as we were in the middle of the city and a bat would have been the last thing to expect to see. It was the first one I’d seen up close and was quite cute, We were all disappointed we hadn’t been able to help it.

  2. Ha ha ha, these pups, I tell you…the same across all species 🙂 Btw, I too had no clue that bat babies are called pups Di.

  3. LOL. Fun story that had me fooled as to who the narrator was. I didn’t know bat babes were pups either.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    All mothers have used that tone at one time or another, stubborn little pup! You used a fun twist in perspective, Di.

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