A flash of fiction …

for the Ragtag Daily Prompt which is hosted today by Christine and the given word is Topple..


When he was young he had a plan; a plan to take him to where he wanted to be. But his goal was like buried treasure at the end of a rainbow. With every step forward it moved one step away.

He asked his grandfather for advice. 

“Lad,” he said, “to reach life’s goals you must run when you can”. 

But he ran too fast, toppled, and left a trail of failures in his tracks. 

“Walk if you have to” he said. 

But he walked with his head bowed passing so many of the opportunities that life offered him. 

“Crawl if you must,” his grandfather said. 

He crawled, he pleaded, he begged, but beseeching gained no favours.

When his grandfather passed away, clouds of despair hid the blue sky of hope The last words he’d uttered echoed in his mind. 

“Never give up lad” he’d said. 

With that, the sun rose from the horizon. He gazed heavenward. “I won’t let you down Grandad” he yelled.



13 thoughts on “A flash of fiction …

  1. Christine Goodnough Oct 25, 2020 / 13:02

    Sounds like the poor fellow had a pretty hard life! Good thing Grandad’s words kept him going. And now the sun is shining — always a good sign.

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  2. Anita Nov 4, 2020 / 15:04

    Never give up! – I keep reminding myself this.
    “Just keep swimming!” – Like like in the movie- Finding Nemo 🙂

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