Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Ryan’s Tale


“Do you know why that dinosaur is looking at the picture with that wanting look on his face?” Ryan asked his classmates. They shook their heads. “Because I made it so.” Ryan folded his arms and stood tall above his 4th grade classmates. “That’s right. I took it out of the picture, killed it, stripped its scales, and carefully arranged it so it would look at the picture, wishing he was there.” His classmates stared up at him with a look of admiration. They were so entranced that they did not realize their teacher, Mrs. Leavitt, had returned from her trip to the restroom.

“Ryan Douglas Cunningham!” Mrs. Leavitt said firmly, “How can you talk of such foolishness in front of your classmates?”

Suddenly, Ryan was speechless. “Mrs… I…”

“I don’t want to hear another word from you, young man. When we return to the classroom, you will spend the afternoon writing ‘I will not tell lies,’ until I tell you to stop. Now, come children, let us head to the next exhibit.”

(~173 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.Β 

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