Skip to content

Meg Takes Charge – Flash Fiction

The following flash fiction was written in response to a challenge over at Carrot Ranch.  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story in which a character takes charge. Who is this character, and what situation calls for their action? It can be playful or serious, fantastical, or realistic. Go where the prompt leads!

March 26 flash fiction


Ian was running a high fever, had a scratchy throat, and had lost his sense of taste.

“Ian, I think you should go to the hospital and get checked out.”

“What good will it do? Honestly, Meg, I’m far better off here with you.”

“Well you have the symptoms of Covid-19 and if you have the virus, I may have it too. I think it would be the responsible thing for you to go. Behind the hospital they have drive-up testing set up, you don’t even have to go in. Now get your coat on, we’re going right now.”

© Susan Zutautas 2020



Droplets – Tanka

The following tanka was inspired by Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS.

Write hat you see.

Not wanting to fall

Holding on with all their might


Annihilation happens

All striving, persevering

© Susan Zutautas 2020



Darkness – Haiku

Darkness (1)



We’re all in the dark

Stay strong and stay positive

We will overcome  

© Susan Zutautas 2020



Guilty or Innocent Continued

The following was written for a challenge called #SixSentenceStory over at Denise’s.

The prompt word for this week is “Safety”.



Image by elizabethaferry from Pixabay

Jane sat and stared in disbelief at the baggie that principal Taylor was holding up.

“I can’t believe that this is pot let alone pot that belongs to my son, he’s always saying that the kids he hangs around with would never ever smoke weed and if by chance it is his, which I doubt, why on Earth would he have it in his locker.”

“Pete has always been such a good student that obeys all the rules, and that is why I wanted to talk with you first to see if we can get this all sorted out. I am required to report this to the authorities but that can wait for a bit.”

“Have you talked to my son yet to hear what he has to say?”

“No, I haven’t yet as I feel safe to say that I believe there is more to this than we know.”


To be continued …

If you’d like to read this story from the beginning please click this link.

My Best Before Date Has Been Changed

This post is in response to One-Liner Wednesday.



Image by Olya Adamovich from Pixabay 

Imaginary Friend

This week over at V.J’s the weekly challenge is IMAGINARY.


When I was a little girl I would go on many long car rides with my parents. One year we were driving to Old Orchard Beach, Maine for our vacation and that’s when I came up with an imaginary friend that I called, my little piece of wind who’d enter the car when I opened the window. 

You’re always willing to listen

to everything I say

It doesn’t really matter

the time of day

You come with me wherever I go

even to places, I do not know

You are my little piece of wind

When I think of you, it makes me grin





Nightfall – #Gogyōka

The following poem was written in response to Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

This week’s prompt, The Night Sky. 

This week I decided to try something new to me, a Gogyōka poem.


Image by Pexels from Pixabay 


Darkened at the end of the day

Luminous stars light the sky

The moon above shines brightly

North Star will guide your way

Look up to see pure magnificence


© Susan Zutautas 2020







Thank You For All That You Do


To all the medical professionals, firefighters, police,  grocery store people, restaurants providing take-out, truckers, farmers, and all the people staying at home to help in the spreading of this terrible pandemic I want to say thank you for all that you do.

What would we do without you

I cannot imagine that

You go out every day

and make the world a better place

I want to say thank you

for everything you do

From the bottom of my heart

Bless all of you.

Cherry Tree Blossoms – Haiku

The following haiku was written in response to #Haikai Challenge #131.


Japanese Cherry Trees Flowers

Image by  Diese lizenzfreien Fotos darfst du zwar verwenden from Pixabay


Blossoming beauty

A sure sign that spring arrived

Pleasing aroma

© Susan Zutautas 2020



Rabbit What Rabbit – Flash Fiction

What does the boy see on top of his dog's doghouse?

Read more