Flood – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
Here in paradise the sun is shining as usual, as it is in Jennifer’s great photo.
But not so much in my little tale.
The idea is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below.

© Jennifer Pendergast

© Jennifer Pendergast

Flood

It has been raining non-stop for more than five weeks now.
The valleys and fields are long flooded, but still we frolic on the hilltops.
We don’t care about getting wet, and we have to run free.
Even more than the great cats, the dancing gazelles, the mighty buffalo, we treasure our liberty.
Almost every other creature has succumbed to his promises, but we do not believe him.
We see the messages left in the stones as they search everywhere.
But we will never be caged in a boat, no matter what Noah says.
We are different.
We are unicorns.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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90 Responses to Flood – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Bastet says:

    Alas … now I know why there are no unicorns – ah pride can be a deadly thing 😦

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  2. I’m mighty late to the party this week, Ceayr, but better late…
    This is simply delightful! I didn’t see the last line coming, as I imagined they were birds, waiting to alight… but the unicorn twist is wonderful! Lovely piece this week.

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  3. I loved this story, Ceayr. It’s too bad we don’t have a few of those around. Too bad they missed the boat. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  4. Dear C.E,
    Charming and whimsical and playful and sweet …. I adored this story.
    My only complaint is that I wanted it to go on and on. 😄
    Adios,
    Isadora 😎

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  5. I would love to meet an unicorn. Writers have the liberty to create anything out of the pen. Loved your
    read.

    http://ideasolsi65.blogspot.in/2015/09/boat.html?m=1

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  6. Absolutely loved this. At second glance, I’m reading hidden meaning attached to the unicorns, tied up with new life/resurrection symbolism. Is that your intention, or me getting too deeply into it? Either way, if they’re magical or otherwise, I welcome their presence in the story.

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    • ceayr says:

      First of all, Sarah, thank you, I am happy you enjoyed my little tale.
      Secondly, everything about the unicorn is magical, especially for us Scots, for whom it is our national symbol.
      And, as many of us are aware, they are not extinct, merely gambolling happily in the sunshine of our imaginations.

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  7. Sally says:

    How wonderful to be a unicorn.

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  8. plaridel says:

    a well-written story. loved it.

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  9. Dee says:

    My youngest granddaughter is a unicorn – a purple one in fact. I wouldn’t just tell anyone this, but as you can probably see her, you need to know. Great take on the prompt, the advantage of being a writer, you can go anywhere. 🙂

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  10. I’d love to see a unicorn. I thought I did once on Brighton beach, but it was that donkey that gives kids rides and it had a little pointed hat on its head!
    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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  11. Marvellous story, beautifully written. I just love Noah stories.

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  12. rgayer55 says:

    There was a song about this when I was a child (maybe sung by Burl Ives). Now, it’ll be stuck in my head all day. Not a bad thing as it was a fun song.

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  13. Plus you get really nauseous on boats. They made the right decision.

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  14. Susan Langer says:

    Great explanation for their extinction. 🙂

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  15. Finally an explanation I can give my daughter for Nanny Plum and Princess Holly. LOL loved it.

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  16. ansumani says:

    Liberty or extinction – what would you chose? Somedays I might go with the unicorns. Nice piece.

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  17. I love this fanciful and charming piece! Wonderful!

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  18. gahlearner says:

    So I except something sinister, and you write about unicorns? You’re always good for a surprise. I love it, and of course the unicorns went where the elves went, they weren’t taken along either.

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  19. Margaret says:

    Yep – that makes sense. I wondered why they missed the boat. I’ll go with this explanation until a better one comes along, Love the story.

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  20. k rawson says:

    Aha, so that’s what happened to the unicorns. Well done!

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  21. charlypriest says:

    Very nice, a rebel will not be stuck on a boat.

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  22. Loved the happy place it took my heart to. But, my mind’s saying if the unicorns had not been so stupid they would have been alive 😦 Liberty over life at what cost?

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  23. Oh..that made me smile out loud!

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  24. Dave says:

    Poor Noah. A million species of insects, alone. (“Two of each, buddy, get to work.”)

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  25. What a joy-filled frolic, C.E.! Your head is having a wonderful day.

    janet

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  26. So that’s what happened to the unicorns. Good to know. I’m glad the elephants got on board.

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    • ceayr says:

      Are you not aware, Tracey, that the elephants carried the boat whilst standing on the back of a giant turtle?
      This is where the marvellous Terry Pratchett found his inspiration for Discworld.

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  27. mjlstories says:

    A sweet story! O! to frolic with those unicorns.

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  28. elmowrites says:

    Maybe I’m feeling a bit emotional today, but I found that really rending. What if that’s how it happened? Pride goes before a fall and all that…

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  29. Belinda Crane says:

    Lovely 🙂

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  30. Sandra says:

    Charming take on the prompt. Always onto a winner with unicorns, in my book anyway. Lovely.

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  31. Dale says:

    That’s because unicorns don’t need saving… they will forever live on in those with enough imagination. Fun stuff, Mr. Ayr!

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  32. I loved this. Now we know why we don’t see unicorns today. Nice take on the prompt.

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  33. Oh there was a reason why there are no unicorns.. so sad that in their pride they were defeated.

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  34. Is that why we don’t see too many unicorns around these days? They should’ve caught the boat. 🙂

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  35. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant spend a day without swimming
    It keeps his skin soft and cools his hot blood
    He loves a cold shower
    Has one every hour
    But he is not so sure that he wants to splash about in a flood

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  36. niasunset says:

    I loved too. Thank you, love, nia

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  37. Dear C.E,

    “Along time ago when the earth was green…” Lovely story, reminiscent of one of my favorite songs. “You’ll see cats and rats and elephants…” I love where your head went with this.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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