Fingers fly fast in activity. Speed hints of passion and ability. Pianists trip fingers over keys, authors type to the speed of imagination, and tricksters ply nimble fingers.
Writers followed the lead of fast fingers and contemplated the characters attached to such digits. Each story flies with creativity.
The following are based on the March 29, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about fingers that fly.
PART I (10-minute read)
Lifetime Savings by Ritu Bhathal
Nervously, Frank handed the package over to the girl.
“Now, be careful with that—” He paused to look at her name tag “—Jennifer. I worked hard for those dollars. Now they tell me I gotta keep it in a bank, and not under my mattress. Safety, they say. It was plenty safe with me – until they got that new cleaner in. I don’t like her. Always tidying. I know she knows where I keep my money…”
Frank watched as Jennifer’s fingers flew, deftly lifting and counting the bills, like a seasoned pro.
“You will keep it safe, won’t you?”
Showdown: Nickel Man vs. the Ballerina by njoyslife
It wasn’t a fair fight, that Halloween night. He was a towering fifty-something; she was five, standing below him in her tutu. He offered nickels, not candy, for correct answers to three questions:
“Who was the first president?”
She took her nickel.
“Who’s president now?”
She took another.
“Who discovered America?”
“No!” She stomped her foot.
“Christopher Columbus!” he said, withholding her reward.
“He was a murderer and a thief!” Her tiny fingers flew between them as punctuation, “they were already here!”
She left him red-faced, three nickels clutched in her fist.
I Love Garlic by Anony Mole
“Drop your spoon!”
My grandma’s favorite spoon clacked to the floor, batter spraying her shoes.”
“What in God’s name are you making?”
I popped the tupperware lid and showed her.
“And what are you going to do with those?”
I shrugged my shoulders.
“Well, I expect the best.”
Arrayed like a fan I delivered them to the table.
Grandma took one bite and spit it out. “These are awful.” Picking up a handful she threw them toward my face.
I ducked and grinned mischievously as the squadron of Lady Fingers flew across the room and exploded against the wall.
Flying Fingers by Irene Waters
The girl giggled. The babysitter’s fingers acted the songs he sang, flying before landing suddenly on the bed beside the child. They tweaked her nose before flying upwards. Rosalind laughed, clapping her hands. Down came the fingers landing on the rabbit adorning her nightdress. They lingered, tracing the bunny’s outline on Rosalind’s chest before flying into the air to dance. Down they came touching her arms lightly before flying up to the sky again. Rosalind shrieked gleefully. Quickly the fingers pounced, on her tummy, walking lower and lower.
“John. We’re home.”
“Next time sweetie.” John promised Rosalind before leaving.
Innocence of a Child by Heather Gonzalez
“Am I a princess, mommy?” Emma looked up at her mother with big innocent eyes.
“Of course you are.”
Emma twirled with glee in her new glittery dress. Her hands soared through the air as if she could fly away. She imagined she was a magical princess who could fly.
As she felt the air move through her fingers, her father entered the room. Emma was so excited that she didn’t notice the smell on daddy’s breathe or the scary look in his eyes. She never noticed the way he touched mommy. Instead, she was a princess flying away.
A Memory Truer Than Not by Bill Engleson
I don’t think I really noticed my father’s hands until I was eight or nine.
They were always big.
I knew that for sure.
When he wielded the straps, one rubber, one canvas, his nose would flare, motley red, drizzling sweat.
Strapping was a rare occurrence.
But always a possibility.
At some point, I saw the space where he should have had a whole finger.
One day I worked up the gumption to ask.
“Haying,” he said. “Stupid.”
I wanted to ask if it had hurt.
I wanted it to have hurt.
Sometimes, I was a selfish angry kid.
pound the pavement (haibun with renga series) by JulesPaige
At the end of my hands my fingers are flying. I get…
my holiday meal started, belonging to an interfaith
family presents its challenges. We will prevail!
morning – time to pound
the pavement; work before play –
before all arrive
prep work done to ease days’ load;
always last minute details
dueling crock pots up,
eggs to boil, soup to brew,
table welcomes you…
smaller compliment around
town as holidays collide
the present hearts will
expand to fill the places
may each day bring abundant
joy-filled memories to share
be set aside, so we can
accommodate – love
Just Close Your Eyes by floatinggold
A woman with long, gold hair, wearing a white, floor-length dress enters the stage and sits by the majestic, wooden harp. She starts pulling on the strings, and the room goes quiet. Everyone is enchanted by the sound that is now surrounding us.
I close my eyes, and I turn into a cloud, carelessly floating in the sky. Light and free.
Peace and serenity all around.
My Mom always wanted to play the harp. I am sure that now she sits in Heaven, overlooking my apartment, and letting her fingers gently fly over the strings, humming a lullaby.
Detached by papershots
Key turns into keyhole, door opens, door closes, keys end up in a bowl on the sill on top of the radiator. The heat goes on. The light goes on. Laces untied, shoes in their compartment. Slippers are found, put on, as well as music, wine poured, glass taken, on a tray beside the couch. “Sorry about…” Like, like, ha ha, like, sad, sad, ha ha, wow. Hold on, interesting, go back up a bit. “… the loss of…” Freezer, bag, content, pan, oven, program 3. “… your friend.” Ha ha, wow. “Can’t make it tonight.” “Congrats on your new job.”
Reluctant Reader? by Anne Goodwin
Ma made me read ten pages. Every. Single. Night. At first I tried. Really. But with shape shifting letters, disappearing words and baffling sentences, I preferred to watch cartoons. Still, she made me. I learnt to screen a soccer game in my head while staring at the text until it blurred. Flying fingers flicked through pages one to ten. Done!
Books, magazines, how I hated them. Until Miss asked me to show her a football programme. Explain how my team won the match. Print still jumped about and disguised itself. But now I want to discover what it says.
Cart Before the Horse by Reena Saxena
“I need to enroll for that class. Finger speed matters in whatever we do.” My son was taken in the by the fancy ad placed on the front page of newspapers.
“Sure, you must join. I just want you to develop other faculties alongside.”
“And which ones are those?”
“Feet fly either to achieve something, or in response to danger. The first is planned, while the other is a reflex. Fingers will fly to write, type, dance or paint but what needs to fly first is the mind.”
“Hmmm…. I guess I was putting the cart before the horse.”
Piano by Sarah Whiley
I lifted the lid of the piano, running my fingers over the keys, tinkling a jumble of notes.
It had been ages since I’d practiced and I was filled with trepidation as I sat down to play. I leafed through sheet music, and found Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’.
Resting my gaze upon the familiar notes, I poised my hands and began, cringing as I stumbled over the notes. My fingers clumsy; getting it all wrong.
I stopped, took a deep breath and tried again. Giving over to muscle memory, I smiled as my fingers started to fly over the keys.
Lady Luck by Matt Copping
“Action is to you.”
The words cut through the constant slosh-slosh of the paddle wheels and several sets of eyes turn to you. A waft of smoke burns your lungs as the wind shifts across the open-aired deck of the S.S Katrina.
You turn your head, burying a fit of coughs into your fist; wiping the spittle from your palm against your chest when the fire subsides. You suppress a smirk as good fortune finds your hand dramatically improved.
A click by your ear precedes the metallic pressure against skull.
“Those fingers really do fly, don’t they?”
Twenty-one by Christina Coster
I watched the croupier manipulate the deck; the overhand, hindu and riffle shuffle demonstrated with ease as her fingers flew.
I heard Twenty-one was a game of probability. The way she mixed them cards had me unconvinced. All players were transfixed.
Hand dealt: Four of Clubs, Nine of Diamonds. House: Queen of Hearts on display.
“Player has thirteen, your move?” she encouraged.
“Six of Hearts. Player has nineteen.”
Confidently she turned over the Hole Card: Ace of Spades.
Should have listened to Papa, “ain’t no way of winning Snapper, House always comes out on top.”
Perched by D. Avery
Plumes of paper rooster-tailed from the adding machine, the cocky accountant’s fingers like frenzied birds swooping and diving at the keys.
She held her pencil thoughtfully, carefully examining the numbers, pecked and scratched at the paper. She didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, but something didn’t add up. Her fingers tapped out a message on her computer keyboard.
The investigation had barely begun when he flew the coop, though he was unable to line his nest as planned.
She got a feather in her cap. The promotion would help her grow her nest egg, which she tended prudently.
The People You Meet by FloridaBorne
I noticed the “look” first, pity followed by disgust, and chuckled at a T-shirt that said, “Hillary won.”
“Do you need medication?” She asked, with feigned concern.
“I have Tourette’s,” I replied. “My fingers fly across a piano, and my intelligence is above average. Unfortunately, intolerant people don’t understand when my arm flies outward. I grimace and I sniff, too.”
“That must be embarrassing.”
Just what I needed, fake tolerance. “My husband doesn’t mind.”
I sighed. “Did you know that Mozart, Samuel Johnson, and Howard Hughes had Tourette’s?”
“Who?” She asked.
“That explains a lot,” I snickered.
Blink And You’ll Miss It by Geoff Le Pard
‘Blimey Logan, where’d you learn to type so fast?’
‘Self-taught, Morgan. Back in the day.’
‘That’s a stupid expression.’
‘Like your fingers.’
‘Fingers aren’t stupid.’
‘Yours are slow and clumsy. Isn’t that the definition of stupid?’
‘But you really mean me. You can’t anthropomorphise fingers.’
‘So learn how to speed up your fingers.’
‘Why? They do what I need, when I need them. I don’t see the point of speed for speed’s sake.’
‘Get with the programme.’
‘That’s stupid too. And my digits are quick enough.’
‘Ouch! That was my bloody eye.’
‘Blink faster then.’
Flying Fingers by Jan Malique
The dancer’s hands unfurled like the wings of a bird, speaking in a tongue so easily understood by the true sight of the heart.
The music beat out a rhythm that enveloped the onlookers like a lover’s embrace, full of gentleness and grace.
They gazed entranced at the dancer’s figure, watched her hands weave a hypnotic spell, watched them perform a feat of extraordinary flight.
They spoke so eloquently, more than the voice could ever, ever express.
Her body overflowed with passion sublime, crowned by the delicacy of her hands, reminiscent of the dance of the Bird of Paradise.
Her Fingers Flew by sarahsouthwest
Nobody was coming.
Her fingers flew over the keyboard. She’d accepted that there was no escape, but she wanted to tell their story, so that if anyone came here, they would know not to go into the lava tunnels, not to disturb what was down there.
She wondered if there was anyone else left, now. There had been screams from the infirmary, but they had quietened now. She might be the only person alive on this world.
Not for long, though. The creatures would find her eventually, might be outside the door even now. She typed on, frantically.
Scarlet Strings by Juliet Nubel
She wondered if anyone ever noticed the scarlet drops running down the strings onto her long black skirt.
Perhaps if she wore the white of angels they would see the abstract red splashes of blood and scream at her to stop.
And if she wiped off her painted smile they may see the pain beneath.
But every night she forced her lips wide as she hugged her harp, fingers flying deftly over the nylon, plucking sweet notes from its lengths and scattering them over the hushed auditorium.
They would applaud loudly when the lights dimmed.
She would cry silently.
PART II (10-minute read)
All Fingers by Lady Lee Manilla
Him Indoors plays the piano well
Be it a Chopin or a Beethoven
Like he’s always serenading me
He also has a green finger
He plants seeds, mostly chilli and impatiens
Our garden full of dahlias, lavender, sweet peas
He doesn’t mind getting his fingers muddy
As for me, I like typing my blog
I may not use all my fingers, just the two
But I can type fast and hope the words come
That all’s well that ends well
I hold my mother’s hands
old and wrinkled, years of experience
they used to caress me when I’m upset
Hands of Age by Ann Edall-Robson
Hands resting gently against the frail body. Every so often fingers come to life. Flitting in the air mimicking thoughts of birds, butterflies and making a point. Settling once more in the aged lap until the story needs their tiny bit of exuberance. No more are they raw and ripped from the daily chores of scrubbing floors, wringing out the laundry and pulling weeds. These hands of time have experienced many lives and now they spend their days reminiscing and playing out the memories. They have become props for the mind of one who remembers but does not see.
Watch Your Words by D. Avery
It was hard for him to catch everything she said, she talked so fast. When angry she talked even faster, emphatically, replete with innovative swear words. Just now she was on a creative streak. She was swearing mad. At him.
“Slow down”, he pleaded. “I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”
That got him an eye roll. He didn’t need to catch every word. He knew what he had said was wrong and was hurtful. They’d been talking about having a baby. He had signed that he hoped their baby wouldn’t be born deaf.
That’s when her fingers flew.
Contention by Deb Whittam
The exchange was growing heated, tempers growing frayed, the point in contention – whose duty it was to organize the vehicles to transport the bride to the chapel. She assured him that he had insisted on completing the task for he could get the best deal, he argued that it was outside his jurisdiction – he was the best man, she was the matron of honor. In silence the bride watched on, frowning as she watched the fingers fly before turning perplexed to her deaf brother seeking enlightenment. The insincere smile pinned to his lips did little to inspire confidence.
Winter Bride by Kerry E.B. Black
Opal frowned. “Do I dress first, or you do my hair and makeup before I dress?”
Her granddaughter Heather took the simple ivory wedding gown from its hanger and helped Opal into it. “I’ll drape a towel over it while I fix your hair and makeup. Sound good?”
Opal patted Heather’s hand. “You’re a dear girl.”
Heather kissed her Grandmother. “I love you! Now let’s get you ready.” Her fingers felt like a massage as they twisted Opal’s pearly hair into an elegant up-do.
Opal took Heather’s elbow. Harps announced her march as joined her husband at the altar.
Fading Squares by Allison Maruska
When I was a little girl, I watched Grandma crochet. The hook and yarn moved through her flying fingers with such ease she could hold a conversation as she worked. She connected the squares into blankets or placemats, or single ones became coasters. As I grew up and she grew older, her squares took more effort, until one day, they weren’t squares at all. Her mind wouldn’t let her fingers fly any longer. So I sit with her now, her hook and yarn in my hands, creating the squares she once made. Her smile tells me I’m doing well.
Floaters Not Sinkers by Susan Sleggs
As the only non-Jew in the house, I cringed when my new husband’s father demanded to know at the dinner table, “Who made these matzoh balls? They aren’t round.”
A female cousin said, “I tried to show her, but she said I was taking all the air out of them by rolling them in my palms. She barely touched them with her fast fingers and dropped them into the boiling pot of broth. They floated.”
“Well that’s it then. When it comes to matzoh balls, floaters are much better than sinkers. She is to make them from now on.”
In Praise of Flighty Logic by Molly Stevens
The server waited with pen poised to take the order. “I want turkey hands pwease,” Kyle said.
“He means chicken fingers,” his weary mother explained while swabbing the baby’s drool.
“What a remarkable mind he has!” said his grandmother.
“Is a chicken a birdie?” he asked.
“Yes,” grandma said, “it is a birdie.”
When the food arrived, Kyle grabbed a strip of chicken, hurled it high into the air, and watched it plop into grandma’s water glass.
“Kyle, why did you do that?” Asked his mother, exasperated.
“I wanted to see if chicken fingers could fwy.”
“Brilliant!” said grandma.
Spring Seeker by Liz Husebye Hartmann
“Where is it?” she lifted her face, seeking a clue in the morning breeze. So many possibilities; the winter had been too long. She clawed at the ground furiously, dirt embedding itself under her nails.
A dog barked in the near distance. Annoyed, she abandoned her spot for another nearer the oak. Sun ribboned through naked branches, leaving the false light of morning frost in shadow.
Again she plunged her paws into the earth, seeking treasure.
Her pups stirred in her belly as she scampered and scrabbled. Finally, fluffy gray tail flagged in victory, she withdrew a shiny acorn.
Swings in Spring by Chelsea Owens
Bright, springtime rays smiled upon the two children as they ran down the Tonaquint Park path. Nature wrapped them in a warm blanket, exulting in her final release from winter’s grip.
“Can’t catch me!” Jack teased. He giggled -downright, giddy giggling– as his sister tore after him through the desert foliage.
She was laughing as well; couldn’t help laughing, beneath a cobalt sky and chirping birds.
They discovered the just-emptied swings. Jack scooted right on and Jill followed suit. Their toes found sendoff grips, their legs pumped them heavenward, and their outstretched fingers flew aerodynamic arcs through blue.
Fingering Automacity by Miriam Hurdle
“Shirley, why didn’t you take the exam for Piano Performance Certificate from Royal School of Music?”
“I’m not good enough.”
“Thanks, Sara. My friend started piano lessons before 5. See, the brain neurons connected to finger movements must be tapped on before 5 years old. With learning, practice, and repetition, the fingering becomes automaticity.”
“When did you start?”
“I started piano lesson from my mom at 8 years old. I had other piano teachers when my skills were advanced.”
“You’re my best accompanist.”
“Thanks. I’m happy to teach piano and accompany singers like you and my husband.”
Once He Moved the World with Flying Fingers by Anne Goodwin
The fingers of his left hand dance across the piano keys. The fingers of his right just dance. And jerk. Spasm. Fly. A dance without pattern to the movement. Or not one his brain can predict or control. If he weren’t consumed with self-pity, he’d laugh. The day will come when he’ll remember this as freedom. Nostalgic for his flying fingers whether making music or senseless noise. As one by one his motor neurones cease firing, leaving him a drooling mannequin in a wheelchair. The man whose virtuoso playing moved the world, unable to move himself beyond a blink.
My Friend Majda by Faith Colburn
I type at 100+ wpm—until I broke my hand.That’s not my story. Let me tell you about Majda. Majda had barely escaped Bosnia with what she could carry. From the plane, she rushed to the hospital with an angina. I was supposed train her in American journalism. English was her fifth language. In Bosnia, she’d been arts and entertainment editor for Oslobodenje, a major newspaper in Sarajevo. Her fingers flew over keys as her mind flew over paintings and sculpture she’d seen; music she’d heard. Now, like me with my broken finger, she speaks and writes more slowly.
Flying Fingers by Kim Blades
Rachel had had writer’s block for days. Why now, just six days before her completed, edited, polished manuscript was due at the publisher? She went for a long walk. This time deeper into the forest. It was very quiet. But then she heard whisperings coming from behind a large pile of fallen branches. Rachel crept closer, her eyes widening in wonder at what she overheard. She tiptoed away and then ran home. A short while later her fingers were flying over the keyboard of her laptop; as she hurried to translate the pictures in her mind into written words.
Flying Fingers by Robbie Cheadle
It was incredible to watch the story taking shape on the pages as the ideas leapt from her mind and chased her fingers across the keyboard. It was like watching puppies play as the words and phrases tumbled across the screen, chasing each other and sometimes almost rolling over each other in their eagerness. He had never experienced energy like this before, never seen fingers flying, eyes sparkling, and cheeks flushed with enthusiasm. He looked at his own long, thin fingers and his brow furrowed as he tried to comprehend and understand this strange and moody female-child of his.
Donning by D.Avery
Once upon a time there was a time that all wished there never was; for this was not a forwarding time, but a time when the world went backwards. In that time there was an Emperor, which there was not supposed to be in that time. His hands, never having known good work, were known to be small and soft. He was fast with his fingers, his trigger finger itchy, always pointing at someone else, never at himself. Sociopath, he poked the keys to provoke through social media, stirred unrest with his jabbing digits. The world was thoroughly shaken.
Camaflouge Crazy Quilt by Susan Sleggs
The famous quilt designer greeted me, “Good morning. I’ll let you know if I need help.”
She perused the solid section then moved to the Batiks and inspected the color options. She pulled out bolt after bolt visualizing the array, then brought the pile of multiple shades of very drab greens, browns, and greys to the counter. She ran her fingers up and down the stack. “A half yard each please.”
I wasn’t surprised when I saw an award-winning quilt entitled “Camouflage Crazy Quilt” in a magazine the following year that had multiple kinds of black floss embroidery stitches.
The Burden of Brilliance by Anurag Bakhshi
“I had heard that your fingers fly when you chop, cut, or carve, but this…You truly are a genius,” my latest apprentice Jonathan exclaimed wide-eyed as he saw me in action on the slab.
“Awww, it’s nothing,” I replied with exaggerated humility, “anyone can learn to do it with sufficient experience, even you.”
“I don’t think so,” said Jonathan weakly, and then, he threw up royally as a finger came flying and hit him on the nose.
What a pity! I’ll now have to look for another apprentice to help me dispose of the bodies of my victims.
The Ring by Michael B. Fishman
One final look in the mirror on his way downstairs and the waiting limousine. Hair combed: check. Tie straight: check. Looking like a man about to get married: check. Gary picks up his keys and reaches for the ring.
“Where the hell’s the ring?”
Nothing behind the dresser.
The limousine honks.
Drawers open, fingers flying, he rifles through underwear, socks and shirts.
The flicker under the bed catches his eye and when he bends down to pick up the ring from where it had rolled is when his pants tear.
“Jeanine is going to kill me.”
PART III (10-minute read)
Rumors of Quick Draws (from Rock Creek) by Charli Mills
“Grab the mochila, boy!” Dock wasn’t any older than the new crippled stock handler, but he oversaw the mail exchange.
Sarah watched from the barn. The new handler grabbed the leather cover from the panting horse and draped it over the saddle of the waiting mount. The rider clambered up and sat on the mochila containing US mail.
“Haw!” The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company rider departed Rock Creek.
Hickok’s fingers flew, grabbling leather straps, unsaddling the weary mount. His injured arm did nothing to hamper his agility. Rumors had it, the boy was a gunman.
Flying Fingers by Frank Hubney
Faster than drawing a gun his fingers peppered the keyboard and hit “Enter”. Later he will wish he thought more, but now, oh, the rush! It was the perfect point, typos and grammar and all, and he wanted to make it before someone else did.
Later, second thoughts like snail mail arrived. Then third-thought packages containing arguments he should have considered punched him It occurred to him maybe someone else should have made that idiotic point.
Then it happened. Just when he thought it wouldn’t ever be over, it was over. No one cared anymore and neither did he.
Dancing Fingers by Michael Grogan
As he aged he found the only part of him that resembled flight were his fingers and the advent of arthritis was threatening that.
It was the pleasure he derived from his morning sojourn into his blog and the generous fellow bloggers commenting on his humble writing and who allowed him to venture into their respective blog worlds.
He loved it when his fingers danced across the keyboard composing a response to the latest prompt that came his way.
His fingers were what kept him alive and wanting to be part of the wide and wonderful world of words.
Idling by D. Avery
Fingers cracking the pod and rolling the peas out into the pot in one deft move. Had that favorite paring knife, remember, always got the thinnest peel off a potato, all in one piece. She taught us all to knit, though none of us have ever gotten our needles clacking as fast as hers. She even tickled trout, would go down to the brook and get all she wanted and not a line or a net. Now she just lies in bed, her papery hands fluttering to her face over and over, like she can’t believe she’s still here.
Counting on Fingers by Norah Colvin
Everyone said she had a way with numbers. Even when still in nappies she was counting effortlessly to large numbers in multiples of twos, fives and tens as well as ones. The parents didn’t dare think they’d bred a genius, an outlier. They wished for an ordinary child who fitted in, unnoticed, like them. They strove to inhibit her talent and discourage her enthusiasm. She tried to hide her ability by delaying responses with finger actions resembling calculation aids. But they slowed her none and flew too fast, earning her the nickname “Flying fingers” and ridicule instead of appreciation.
Flying Fingers On Keys by Lisa Rey
Maria sat down to type the next part of her book. For a few moments she looked at the blank computer screen deep in thought, characters having conversations in her head. Then she began to type. Her fingers flew along the keys as her heart kept telling her head what to say. Writing wasn’t just her job. It was a joy, a passion. It never felt like a chore. Before she knew it, her third chapter was in the bag barring that demon editing. Spellcheck, Grammarly and the gang. Her fingers wouldn’t fly when it came to those enemies!
Money is Sweet Honey by Neel Anil Panicker
Professor Amritanand had done his job — he had prepared the years’ Matriculation Mathematics paper.
Now, all he had to do was seal it in an envelope and lock it in the strong room.
He was about to do so when his mind sprang alive with the conversation of the previous evening.
The man over the telephone had said “Please hand over a duplicate question paper”.
‘That’s cheating’, he had retorted, adding, ‘I won’t do it.’
“For Rs 30 lakhs you definitely would, Sir.”
Professor Anand let his fingers fly.
He never was one to say no to money.
The Piano by Luccia Gray
Ada’s hands flew wildly over the table as her head swayed rhythmically. Alistair stepped closer, curious to see what she was doing. She had drawn black and white symmetrical rectangles along the edge of the table. His wife had been unfortunate enough to have become mute at an early age, and now after their forced relocation she had obviously lost her mind, too. ‘Mummy can’t live without her piano, daddy,’ said Flora. Alistair shook his head. ‘We had to sell it. We all had to make sacrifices when we lost everything.’ ‘But daddy, we can speak about our feelings.’
Study Hall by Krisgo
His fingers were lightly tapping on the table as he sat close. The pads making a noise that sounded like distant rain drops, yet they were right there next to my arm. I wondered if he was leaving fingerprints on the slick surface of the table. I wanted him to lift up his hand so I could check for the lingering prints. No, what I really wanted was to feel him lightly tapping on my skin. The hair on my arm rose, as I thought of how feeling his fingers flying up and down on my arm would feel.
The Drum and the Harp by Wallie & Friend
The whole city was in the city hall, I swear, to hear Bob and Kevin face off. Those two had been at each other’s throats since they were first neighbors, and it was time something was done. Bob brought his drum and Kevin brought his harp. “That’s a girl’s toy,” said Bob. “Alright then,” said Kevin. “Any old baby can beat a drum.” How we were going to settle who was the best I don’t know. But there never was such fun and by the end of it, Kevin and Bob were exhausted, sore-fingered, breathless and the fastest friends.
Piano by Paula Moyer
Jean watched her mother play the piano, watched Liberace slide his fingers in an upward glissando. When she got to be seven years old, Jean got to play the high C of her mother’s cross-hands piece. Finally she asked her mother. “Can you teach me how to play?” Her mother called around and ordered beginner’s piano music. While she waited, Jean could just see herself playing requests, improvising wildly. Her fingers would fly. Then the music came, lessons began. Oh, so hard. This stuff on paper, the piano keys. It was three months before Jean graduated to “hands together.”
Island Escape by Kay Kingsley
He was born on the island. Trapped as it were by the beauty that surrounded him. So many people came here to vacation, break free from the outside world, unwind in paradise. Yet here he sits on the sprawling beach, sand occupies his entire vision, 180 degrees. The water is breathtaking. An almost dreamlike mix of Turquoise, Sea Spray and tan. Above the horizon the planes fly in the distance. Lifting his hand eye level, he stretches out his arm and extends his finger pacing the plane. Flying fingers is the closest he is to an escape, for now.
Equal Knocks by D. Avery
“Where ya been, Kid?”
“Jest made the perfect vegie-tarian Easter dinner.”
“Nope. Bacon and brussel sprouts.”
“Kid, bacon ain’t vegie-tarian.”
“Whoa, Pal, thought we’d all agreed this was a culturally inclusive place. Don’t tell me how ta be a vegie-tarian. My people like ta include bacon.”
“Well, what’ve you been up to? Got yer fingers in ever’one’s pot I s’pose.”
“Na. I been stayin’ outta the way. Ridin’ fence mostly, lookin’ out fer signs a spring.”
“Lookin’ fer greener pastures, Pal?”
“Don’t go pointin’ any fingers, Kid. No, there’s plenty a range here at the ranch.”
Woohoo! The form worked so well — look — the compilation is published on schedule!
Most everyone used the form. I’m not sure if those who didn’t use it misunderstood the new system or did not want to submit. If I missed your story, go back to the form in the body of the March 29 Flash Fiction Challenge and submit it. I can always add it to the collection.
Thank you, Writers! Great collection this week!
I’m glad the form worked well, Charli. I think maybe I copied my story incorrectly into it because the last line of my text is missing from this collection. Never mind. It was fine in the comments section on your original post.
Yes, I agree. Another great collection.
Oops! That was likely my fast fingers, Juliet! Ah — and it was so quick and easy to fix because the search function within the forms works slick.
I can’t figure out how to find the March 29 Flash Fiction Challenge. :/
I figured it out. I scrolled up on the left-hand side to Flash Fiction Challenge and clicked it. Took me right to what I wanted. However as I read on that page, I saw that we can submit via a space here on your website, but also, you take submissions on Facebook?
Facebook was a short-lived non-solution, Susan. I needed a collection bucket for all the stories because the Ranch has grown. Writers can link, pingback and comment but it was hard to create a process to filter through all those different connections. The form is how to submit to the collection. However, writers also connect in the comments section so we can read and discuss as the week unfolds.
Hooray for making things easier! I wonder where my paragraph breaks went…
I probably messed something up. I’ll try to figure it out next time.
I know where your paragraph breaks went! I’ll watch for that next week. A few easy glitches to iron out, but the system itself made the collecting so much easier!
So glad the form worked so well Charli, sorry I missed it. Hoping my fingers will fly for this week’s challenge! Fantastic collection! <3
I hope so, too Sherri! But you also know where they need to fly first. 😉 <3
I do indeed Charli <3
Did this come out early? I usually see it on Thursday, but today is Wednesday. *checks the calendar nervously and points to date proving sanity*
Actually, that’s great, because I have a bit more time today than I will tomorrow.
Printing and reading, and then off to commenting.
Ha, ha! This is actually on schedule! It was taking me so long to hunt and peck that I’d be up until 3 am, putting together the collection. The form is working so great, I published in the morning on Wednesday.
I’m happy to hear that your load has lightened. You put in so much time into this that we can only try to help.
I’m impressed by the increasing number of 99 word participants that hang around the Carrot Ranch.
Of all the stories, the one that moved me the most was written by Irene Waters.
I’m so relieved to finally work out a system to accommodate the growth! Oh, yes — Irene really got to the heart of a difficult story. That’s one that will stay with me.
Woohoo ! I’m glad the form worked for you Charli!!!
Loved these differing takes!!! And… are you a day early with your roundup??? 😊
Ha, ha, I’m actually on schedule, Ritu! That’s how behind I’ve been. I could have wept when I realized I could post this morning. I enjoyed all the different takes, too!
Well, well done to you then!!!!!! I hope I can take part this week, but I may not… I have suddenly hit a creative streak on that 18 year old WIP of mine and managed over 5000 words the last two days. I reckon around 5 chapters to go before I am finished on the first draft!!! I really need to get it finished!!
I guess that could be an interesting journey to journal…. my teenage WIP turning adult!
Ritu! I’m so excited to hear that news! That’s your priority (this is the playground). Grow teenage WIP, grow!
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flying fingers 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Lady Lee!
@Scarlet Strings by Juliet Nubel I don’t see your submission on your blog, so I’m leaving this here.
I see we both thought of the harp. That is quite interesting. However, yous is very sad and dark, while mine is nostalgic and uplifting. I really like the contrast.
Your piece is very painful, but so well written.
I love how those contrasts happen. Even if two, three or four writers have a similar idea, each one is so different.
Thank you so much for leaving your kind comment here. I appreciate it!
I agree with floridaborne, the number of contributors is growing! I especially enjoyed Michael Fishman’s drabble.
Ah! I like Michael’s story and the word drabble, too. Four years ago we had five stories. It’s amazing to read and connect all these stories.
@Kerry E.B. Black I do not see this piece posted on your blog, so I would like to leave a message for you here.
A touching story. A perfect title full of meaning. And we both thought of the harp. That’s pretty cool.
@Frank Hubney I do not see this piece posted on your blog, so I would like to leave a message for you here.
I enjoyed your submission. It perfectly reflects the generation of Twitter and other social media that is so ground breaking, but then forgotten. Well done.
What a great collection. I spread myself too thin this week. I’ll be glad when the upstairs is finally painted. Writing & painting… such is my life. <3
Don’t spread the paint thin, Colleen! Flash will call you over when you have time to ride! You lead an artistic life!
Hugs for understanding. <3
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An excellent collection of 99-word story gems from the participants of Carrot Ranch. Grab a beverage and have a read. <3
Thanks for sharing, Colleen!
Proud to belong to the community. Sharing is truly, caring. <3
Yes, it is and you are a wonderful example of that sharing is caring action! <3
I’m glad that the form works so well for you and makes it easier for you to compile. Great submissions this week.
Thanks, Miriam. And I enjoyed the submissions, too!
You’re welcome. 😄
Great collection. So happy the form worked well for you, Charli. It was easy to use. I continue to enjoy how you break them up into chunks. I’m down to the last third but have to stop to go to work, which is so inconvenient. Perhaps I’ll call in with a flash illness. Haha!
Ha, ha! Well, with the sun sillies coming on, a flash illness might be a real thing! Thanks, Molly!
What a wonderful round-up of stories. Such talent and a pleasure to read.
Thank you, Di! It’s always my favorite part of the challenge, to see them come together.
Some excellent flashes again this week 🙂
I enjoyed them, too, Christina! Thanks!
Wow! Some amazing stories here! 🙂
Thanks for reading, Debby! 🙂
Such a delight. When I get my time sorted out I’d love to jump in again. 🙂
Splendid,stories here, Charli. Some of them are so unique.