FFfAW Challenge – 175th

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Week of 07-24 through 07-30-2018

This week we have an image from Yarnspinnerr to work with.

‘It’s a map!’ Alan said excitedly.
‘What?’ Pete replied.
‘A treasure map. We’re going to be rich!’
‘X marks the spot dummy. Look, there’s four of them.’
‘I’m not the dummy, you are!’
‘It’s a discarded game of noughts and crosses you fool.’
‘That’s what they wanted you to think. The Os present trees in a forest, and once you find the three in a row, you start digging!’
‘You’re on your own mate. It’s a piece of rubbish.’
Alan wasn’t deterred and set off.

A week later, he pulled up beside Pete in a new ferrari.
‘Told you!’ he smirked.
‘I found four pots of dosh, and thought you’d like this,’
With that he tossed a set of car keys at him and squealing away yelled
‘You can have my old mini. ‘Bye!’

136 words



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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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22 Responses to FFfAW Challenge – 175th

  1. Hahahaha! He was right! It was a map! His friend is probably kicking himself. LOL! Great story!

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    The art of reading right 🙂

  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    Very imaginative. Loved this read.

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Great fun. A fine example of thinking outside the box!

  5. James Pyles says:

    I thought of it as a map, too. Yours is the first story I’ve read. I wonder how many more will see the game as a map, too. Oh, in the U.S., it’s called tic tac toe.

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  7. michael1148humphris says:

    Great story but that Alan’s a bit mean.

  8. Haha a positive thinker always comes out on top, mind you I wouldn’t sniff at the mini either 😊

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