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No Lions Sleep Tonight – Flash Fiction

One scorching sunny morning everyone gathered together by the Quiver tree, deep in the forest to discuss the shortage of food.

Leo starts the meeting with, “Good morning” to the pride.

“Tonight, we will go and hunt a zebra. I spotted a dazzle last night and if we’re quick and stealth there won’t be a problem.”

“Papa, papa, can I come too for the hunt?”, said Leo’s cub.

“Yes, I think it is a fine time for you to join us, time to develop your sisu.”

“Okay all, we’ll meet back here at dusk, don’t be late,” said Leo.


©Susan Zutautas 2019


This short story was written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. In 99 words no more, no less, write a story or poem using the word sisu.

Sisu is a Finnish concept of enduring strength, the ability to consistently overcome.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh man! I love the perspective on this one! The lions were so deceptively cute, what with their claws and teeth and zebra murder going on! 😉

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    May 8, 2019
  2. Glad you remembered the title- it’s perfect.

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    May 6, 2019
  3. Love the idea of lions having sisu 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    May 4, 2019
  4. Susan, you caught the willingness it takes to develop sisu — showing up!

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    May 4, 2019

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