Cloudspotting – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

I pledgeEvery Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re still in rerun modus because Rochelle is busy with her soon-to-be-published new book.

The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


“The spacecraft’s always hiding in a dark cloud. You’ll know it when you see it, it looks like…”

“Like what?”

“Unlike other clouds… geometrical… And it’s always close to the homing beacon.”

“Homing beacon?”

“The red arrow, don’t you see it?”

“You and your imagination.” I laughed and pushed my young brother off the boardwalk. Shrieking and giggling, he splashed into the lake. Billy and his wild stories… But one day he disappeared. Drowned in a flash-flood, they told me. I don’t believe them.

I watch the beacon every day. And now I see it. There is that dark cloud…

(100 words)

While I was looking for a cloudy title, I ran across this fun site where you can finally make everyone see what you see when watching the clouds. I apologize for my sub par artistic skills.



Featured image ©Adam Ickes. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneer Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Adam Ickes’s permission.


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69 thoughts on “Cloudspotting – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. I wonder could I use the cloud drawing website to illustrate the wonderful shapes that trees can grow into. That dark cloud in the prompt got to me also.

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  2. Great story, Gabi. Love the way you take us by the hand, leading us first through sci-fi, then through kids playing, finally to something darker. A great use of the prompt and a really good story 🙂

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  3. Hadn’t even noticed the dark cloud until I read your story. Sort of the opposite of every cloud has a silver lining…
    Perhaps one day this will turn out alright – i don’t believe the flash flood explanation either.

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