Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Buddy the Calf


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In the stillness of the night, Mary trudged through the snow to where the calf Buddy lie asleep. There, she unlocked the gate and led Buddy to the barn where she’d nestle against Buddy and tell him the story her mother used to tell until she fell asleep. It was all she could do for Buddy since her father insisted Buddy should stay out in the cold to endure the snowy winter and there’s no use talking to her mother for she’d agree.

Unfortunately, her father found out. “How dare you disobey me, girl!” Her father said as he whipped his belt across Mary’s back. “I said no. No means no.”

Mary whimpered and cried. “You don’t understand, father. He’ll freeze. He’s only a babe.”

That night, as Mary nursed her wounds in the barn, her mother appeared with a backpack and a ragged coat. “I’m sending you away,” she said.

“No, mother, I’m not going anywhere.” Mary replied rebelliously.

“Seeing what he can’t do, I’m scare for you. There food and money. Now go.”

(~175 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above. 

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22 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Buddy the Calf

    • I don’t believe it was the first time she disobeyed. I believe it was the first time she got caught and her mother was surprised of his reaction to his daughter’s disobedience.

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