February 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

February 7, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder. Go where the prompt leads.


Is this clear enough for you?

All that was left were his boots and a bloodied foot.
His family were up in arms and blamed the owner for their kin’s demise.
‘There are signs!’ he shouted. ‘They’re not there for show. They’re warnings. It’s not my fault if you lot don’t take any notice!’
‘They don’t explain the dangers when perhaps they should.’
‘You’re trespassing! I don’t have to give you the willy nilly and whys and wherefores why you’ve got to keep out!’
‘They’re inadequate!’
He sighed.
‘OK. I’ll change them.’
The following day, newly erected signs read
“Warning: Bears. Trespassers will be eaten.”


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination 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! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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21 Responses to February 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Sadje says:

    He has a point. A great story.

  2. Health and safety would have something to say about the previous sign!

  3. colonialist says:

    Excellent. Maybe an addendum, ‘Survivors will be shot’?

  4. This seems a true story. Sad, but neatly done.

  5. Pingback: Signs « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  6. Wow – what a twist! I was expecting tresspassers to be mauled by a more human type of mangler! Chuckled openly at this one.

  7. calmkate says:

    very clever take on the prompt!

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