A handful of words…

for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #1

Whilst looking for a prompt site to fill the gap left by recently departed Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, I came across Fandango’s new project!

If my story has a ring of familiarity about it, it’s possible you read a similar tale from me a couple of years ago. I promise something more original next time!




a802b1b2eade1a1cdb9b00a7f5cab06a--cute-anime-guys-anime-boysSometimes whilst walking among the trees she saw him. They played hide and seek for a few moments then he was gone. Her friends said she imagined him. The sun playing games with its shadows they said. But she knew different.


He sat cross-legged on a tree stump, in one hand a piece of willow, in the other a shiny blade. He chipped, smoothed and whittled until the little wooden whistle was perfect. He left it on the stump, a token of his love for the fair maiden with a promise that whenever she blew a merry tune he would appear.

One autumn day as she waved farewell she dropped it on the leaf-strewn forest floor. She was never to see her whistle again, nor him.

Each day she walks among the trees, kicking aside the leaves seeking the place where one passionate summer’s day she lost her little wooden whistle.



The prompt is this imagab50add1-d03e-423a-bc9a-ef37b8ccc7f1-e1550449671556e by Watanska at DeviantArt.com.

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25 thoughts on “A handful of words…

  1. Denise Hammond Feb 18, 2019 / 13:26

    Neat. I have a brother-in-law who whittles and he has made me some lovely Christmas ornaments.

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  2. messymimi's meanderings Feb 18, 2019 / 23:17

    Awww! How i wish she could find it again someday. Perhaps when she is old enough that, like a child, she knows how to see what the rest of us adults miss.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 19, 2019 / 09:21

      I imagine her to be someone who sees things other folks don’t/ be they real or in her mind. Thanks, Mimi.


  3. blindzanygirl Feb 19, 2019 / 09:50

    A lovely story. Thankyou for pointing me to it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Anjana Feb 19, 2019 / 12:37

    Nicely written Keith. When we lose things which are dear to our heart, it leaves a permanent void in our lives. The prompt is well addresses.

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  5. msjadeli Feb 19, 2019 / 14:45

    I enjoyed your story, you were able to capture a lot of story in very few words!

    Liked by 1 person

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