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For One Day – Flash Fiction

Flash fiction July 25


Daydreaming about my mother is something I do quite often. What was she like, how did she smell, what would it have been like to have her with me other than for just a few short years?

My mind started wandering and for one day I had her all to myself. My emotions got the best of me and through tears of joy I embraced every moment. The love I felt was like no other.

We laughed, we cried, we hugged, we never wanted the day to end.

Although this is only daydreaming, I often return to this day.


© Susan Zutautas 2019


This piece is written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. Charli’s prompt this week is as follows:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the phrase “for one day.”



The Koala’s Picnic – Flash Fiction

This flash fiction of 99 words was written for a challenge over at Carrot Ranch. The prompt word being: KOALA

koala flash fiction


“The wombats are coming, Mama,” said joey koala all excited after waking up from his nap.

“Yes, they are dear now would you help me set up the picnic table for the feast.”

“When are they going to get here mama?”

“They should be here shortly. They move much faster than we’re able, so I’d say sooner than later.”

“Here put this plate of tussock beside the eucalyptus leaves and then we’re going to tidy up before everyone gets here.”

When the wombats arrived they all mulled around the picnic table enjoying the food before starting to play games.


© Susan Zutautas 2019


Mama koala with joey


The closest relative to the koala is the wombat. The females both have pouches making them marsupials and both are herbivores. The koala’s life expectancy is 10 – 15 years and the wombat’s usually live 5 years.



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Test Results

June 20 flash fiction


This was written for this week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch.

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about having to wait. Who is waiting and what for? Think about how the wait impacts the character or the story. Go where the prompt leads!


“How soon will be able to get me the results?”

“I should have them in by say nine o’clock tomorrow morning.”, the doctor said.

“Alright, well I’ll be waiting to hear from you then, and thanks so much for doing this for me, I know this isn’t something you regularly do.”

“That’s true but in this case, I’m happy to.”

I couldn’t sleep that night, waiting wasn’t something I liked to do.

Sitting patiently by the phone the next morning anticipating what the doctor would say, the phone rang.

“I have your test results and you are indeed pregnant.”


© Susan Zutautas 2019

No Sound

I sit in silence
It’s totally deafening
All I feel is darkness without any light
No sounds, no words, total loneliness surrounds me
Longing just to hear a voice
I try to hum a tune
No sounds will come out
Overtaken with despair
Never to hear another note
Never to hear sounds that excite
Never to feel any delight
The silence has overtaken all of my thoughts
Driving me into a madness
All days are night all nights are night
No hope in sight to hear another sound
No hope in escaping the darkest time of my life
Susan Zutautas 2016

This poem was written for a “Flash Fiction” challenge over at Carrot Ranch. “In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the sense of sound. It can be an onomatopoeia, a swearing session with sound alike substitutes, lyrical prose or a description of a sound.”

For Charli – You’re in My Thoughts

Life at times can be really rough, bring you down, with a permanent frown

It’s hard to smile during these trying days
Seeming to last forever, wanting the bad times to all go away

A wise woman once said to me,
 “Something will turn up, wait and see”
Her words make me smile when I think of them,
As something good, does turn up in the end.

So dear Charli, as I write these words, I want you to know I’m thinking of you.

You’re a beautiful person with a heart of gold, your smiles will soon return, tenfold.

This poem is written for +Charli Mills and is also for a Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch. This weeks prompt was “smile”. 

Just One Miracle

Just one miracle
Just one prayer
To get me out of total despair
I must be strong
I must be brave
It’s too soon to go to my grave
I’m scared to death to die
Please stay by my side
If the day should come
Please stay, don’t run
Some days are filled with darkness
Some days are full of light
My favorite ones are the ones that make me smile bright
Sitting in the hospital, waiting on results
Hands sweating, heart beating fast
Finally the doc comes at last
Smile on his face
Best news
You’re in remission
3 years ago this September I was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable lung cancer. I was given 1 – 5 years to live. They were leaning towards the one year.  I’ve been in remission now since December 2014. I am still undergoing chemo as a precaution and handling the chemo quite well.

 I wrote this poem for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. In 99 words (no more, no less) write about the idea of “just one.” 

The End Is Near – Flash Fiction

Thirsting for water
Not a cloud anywhere seen
Everything is dead
Trees are screaming out
Our leaves are all on the ground
Somehow please save us
Once what was luscious
Voluminous green pastures
Has now turned to dust
Spring arrived with hope
Not a flower to be seen
Oceans are depleting
Lakes and rivers are hollow
Ponds now memories
Scorching sun daily
Humans are seeking shelter
Underneath the ground
Not one animal
Can endure these elements
Soon there will be none
Annihilation time
Sorrowfully will soon show up
Such a travesty
Depression darkness
Gasping for relief to come

. . . . . 

This post is for a Flash Fiction Challenge by +Charli Mills over at Carrot Ranch. Please visit the ranch and join us in a 99 word (no more, no less) short story or poem challenge. 

Blue Skies Won’t Wait for You – Flash Fiction Poem

Somewhere In Nova Scotia
Blue Skies Won’t Wait for You
Oh my darling yes it’s true
No matter how much you try
No matter how much you do
Blue Skies Won’t Wait for You
You get up each morning
You work the day away
The chickens to be fed
The cows milked
Stalls mucked out
Repairs to be made
Farmhouse cleaned
Family to feed
The baby put to bed
Blue Skies Won’t Wait for You
Remember this is what I said
Take some time for yourself my darling
Or life will pass you by in a flash
Blue Skies Won’t Wait For You

This poem is for a Flash Fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch  Your poem or story must be 99 words, no more, no less. Join us each week and get your creative juices flowing. Try it, you may enjoy it and become addicted to writing Flash Fiction as much as I have.