A tiny tale …

for Friday Fictioneers



Millie and Billy are best friends and love playing together. They are fearless too. Billy likes spinning around until he’s dizzy and Millie once ate a sprout! Yuc!

Yesterday they played creepy-crawly-dare. Billy dared Millie to pick up a wiggly worm and Millie dared Billy to prod a grasshopper. She let a caterpillar walk up her arm, and he sat a slimy slug on his nose!

Millie told Billy to shut his eyes and open his hand. She put a hairy spider in his palm then told him to look. Billy screamed and ran away. It seems he’s not so fearless after all!


m.-rostThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Miles Rost for the photo.

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65 thoughts on “A tiny tale …

  1. Sadje May 26, 2021 / 14:10

    Hmm…. I think they did pretty well. Great story Keith

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  2. Mason Bushell May 26, 2021 / 14:39

    Love it. All the fun of the kids and the creepy crawlies brings back great memories. Well done, Keith.

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  3. Michael May 26, 2021 / 15:56

    I do hope that the spider survived, … And that Billy is not scarred for life…

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 26, 2021 / 16:58

      Spiders seem to manage to look after themselves pretty well, at least they do in my home! I’m sure Billy’s okay Michael. Cheers.


  4. Shweta Suresh May 26, 2021 / 16:54

    I don’t blame Billy at all! I would have ran away too. Spiders are the limit! Good one, Keith.

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  5. rochellewisoff May 26, 2021 / 20:58

    Dear Keith,

    Millie and Billy sound like kids who can entertain themselves for hours on end. Adorable story.



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  6. jenne49 May 26, 2021 / 21:46

    What a fun story. And so accurate in its depiction of kids and creepy crawlies! I bought a card yesterday that said, ‘A person who says ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ has obviously never lost a spider in the bedroom! I guess Billy would agree.

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  7. plaridel May 27, 2021 / 00:40

    hmmm… i wonder what he’ll do for a comeback. she better watch out. 🙂

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  8. GHLearner May 27, 2021 / 13:30

    Such fun! I’d have screamed, too, and I learned to like spiders. These two feel very real. Brings up memories…


  9. The Abject Muse May 27, 2021 / 16:40

    What a cute story! Nicely done. I think Billy’s reaction was normal. Anything else would’ve been on the strange side. 🙂

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  10. James McEwan May 27, 2021 / 20:33

    A lovely story about for children with a reminder that even boys can be afraid of the little things. His sister, Milly is certainly not made of sugar and spice.

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  11. pennygadd51 May 27, 2021 / 22:01

    Lovely story, Keith. You caught the dynamic between the children perfectly. Delightful, gentle humour.

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  12. Bear May 28, 2021 / 14:01

    That brought a smile. I’d laugh, but it would hurt too much.

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  13. msjadeli May 28, 2021 / 23:22

    They are the best kind of playmates, having innocent fun and exploring their world together. Fun illustrations also.

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  14. Brenda's Thoughts May 29, 2021 / 04:40

    Creepy crawlies brings back funny memories growing up with two only slightly older brothers. A very fun story!

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  15. Marja May 29, 2021 / 07:28

    Goodness gracious who isn’t scared of a hairy spider Great story

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  16. subroto May 30, 2021 / 11:34

    Aargh! I’d run away too. Fun story.


    • Keith's Ramblings May 30, 2021 / 17:30

      I’m beginning to think it might be fun to be a spider in the next life! Cheers, subroto.


  17. Dora May 31, 2021 / 23:52


    Yikes! I’d run away too! I love the way you told this story from a child’s perspective when “daring” one’s playmates and grossing one another other out was somehow the height of happiness! Not to mention scaring each other silly.


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  18. Patricia Clair Jun 1, 2021 / 16:44

    Oh yes – the dares of childhood! I would avoid these games at all costs, as my “limit” was pretty short. 😉


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