The Bestest Gift – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

The Friday Fictioneers is a friendly writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!

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The Bestest Gift

Five-year-old Shelley was happy. Her bestie had been visiting, bringing flowers and a balloon. Being sick didn’t feel so bad any longer.

Alone again, Shelley stared at the balloon and dreamed of flying high up in the air. Suddenly, with a loud ‘pop’, the balloon burst.

“Mum!” Tears welled up but dried quickly when Shelley saw a small dragon clinging to the balloon’s string. It stared into her eyes and exhaled tiny puffs of smoke.

Oh no, Mum thought. That beasty imprinted on my kid.

“May I keep him?” Shelley beamed.

“You’ll have to, Dragongirl, he’s yours forever.” Mum sighed.

(100 words)

Get well soon, Rochelle!

About the filial imprinting: I declare dragons to be related to dinosaurs. They in turn are related to birds and several bird species (i.e. geese, ducks) imprint strongly on the first large moving object (ideally a parent, or sometimes a person) they see.

34 thoughts on “The Bestest Gift – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Dear Gabi,

    It sounds like Mum knows a thing or two about dragons. Imaginative story. My balloon’s still in tact and the flowers are drooping. 😉 No dragons that I can tell. Although I wouldn’t mind a puppy.



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    1. The magical version of you knows better. 😉 With your imagination it wouldn’t be hard to ‘see’ him, I suppose. Puppies can be dragon-like, too. They always try to eat you…

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  2. This is lovely. I like the description of the little dragon staring into her eyes and exhaling ‘tiny puffs of smoke’. I can just imagine their future together – Dragongirl says it all.

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