A Fish Tale – #Flash #Fiction


April 26, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fish tale. It can be about fishing from any angle, about those who fish, or what might be caught. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by May 1, 2018. 



For one day each year, she could swim in the sea. The rest of the time, Aria found herself choked with fear knowing she couldn’t swim.

At dawn, Aria closed her eyes and dove beneath the waves. With firm strokes she slipped between the green ribbons of seaweed undulating below. Golden sunlight streaks pierced the darkness reflecting off the jeweled scales of a massive fish maneuvering in the deep.

Aria headed toward the reef. She had to make the most of the day. She flipped her tail in joyous abandon. It was a good day to be a mermaid.


©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


24 thoughts on “A Fish Tale – #Flash #Fiction

    1. Thanks, Ritu. I was thinking her magic could be a curse or a blessing. The reader gets to decide. ❤


        1. I tried to leave it open ended. Her fear of swimming was overcome once a year when she transformed into a mermaid. At least she found freedom once a year. Some people never find the freedom to be themselves. We put so much into those 99 words, don’t we? Hugs, Irene. ❤

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          1. Ah Colleen. Thank you for explanation. I went back and reread your flash and now with your explanation I get it. I misinterpreted the second line and thus I had a totally different take on your piece. Why did I misinterpret it – nothing to do with your writing but rather my preconceived thoughts of mermaids and swimming. We do put so much into our 99 words – they are all so interesting to read. Hugs

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            1. Irene, you are such a darling. Our writing speaks to us in different ways. No worries. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. LOL! Some things you just can’t change so make the best of it! LOL! 😀 ❤


    1. It’s because she knows that for only one day a year she can swim. Truly, this is a flash that should be longer. 😀

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