July 11: Flash Fiction Challenge

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at CarrotRanch.com. She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

July 11, 2019

The Ranch is open, but I’m on hiatus at the southern edge of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The unpaved backroads, hilly terrain, links of lakes and ponds, woods, and the Green Mountains disorient me and yet feel familiar. Several times, going around a bend or glimpsing the humps of ancient wooded mountains, I have anticipated a memory, experienced the feeling of recall only to remember I’ve never been here before.

As if that’s not surreal enough, I’m driving around in D. Avery’s truck. I’ve met her mom at the Juedevine Library where we introduced Wrangling Words in 99 words to Vermonters. I had a beer with her brother at the local American Legion where he’s a big mucky-muck very important person. I fed her dad’s chickens and survived a jaunt through the woods when her friend, a local librarian at the Craftsbury Library, said the trail was how to get there. I’ve never hiked through the woods across a mountain ridge to get to a literary event but, hey, I’m game!

Right now, D. has Vermont beans in a crockpot and is visiting with JulesPaige across camp on Greenwood Lake. She baked sourdough buns, and I made a green salad with tarragon dressing, using honey Jules brought from Pennsylvania. We are waiting for Ann Edall-Robson to arrive from Canada and Susan Sleggs from New York.

Pinch me. I’m living the dream of Some Day.

Some Day I was going to lead a nature writing retreat, call it a refuge because it would be a place to rest the writer’s soul and fill up the creative mind. The Refuge, like the Ranch, would be a safe space to explore Writing Dreams, and further craft, platform, and publishing while learning from the Nature Writing Greats who have influenced me over the years. I wanted to be like Annie Dillard or Wallace Stegner and have a special place from where I could write and inspire others to do so, too.

Greenwood Lake is D.’s special place, and she’s sharing. We had a day of getting to know each other, a day to build trust. The next day we played out loud going to the center of a waterfall, witnessing loon choreography, chasing loons and herons in kayaks, chatting up lake neighbors, and discovering mysteries in old cemeteries. I can imagine a young D. accompanying an uncle as he researched their old family ties here, running off and finding a curious obelisk. I can picture her opening the metal cover on the side, surprised to find a mirror inside. The mirror is gone but not the memory.

Lots of things did not happen before I stepped onto the plane to come here — I’m still waiting on final word with home and MFA. But never mind. I’ve come to the Kingdom, and it’s time to focus on that Some Day and share this Refuge, get it going to become an annual event. We welcome Ranchers tonight, including as koala proxy standing in for Norah Colvin. She also sent us treats and sparkling notebooks. Perfect for the realm.

Collections are going to back up as I’m on hiatus, but I will return to “home” by the 24th when D. and I are reading from last week’s responses to the microhistories. Thank you for joining us in that activity! I’ll return after that with good news and catch up with each of you and publish the collections (last week and this one). Because of my time away, I’m setting up the July 11 prompt to have an extended two-week deadline. I hope you have fun with it!

July 11, 2019, prompt: “My kingdom for a koala!” In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a koala in a kingdom. You can create a character out of Norah’s koala and give it a Vermont adventure. Or you can make up a story however you want! Can you pull off a BOTS (based on a true story)? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by July 23, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

Koala in the Kingdom by Charli Mills

Koala jangled plastic hips when the morning sun hit her solar panels. She danced with a big grin while three loons circled in a pattern like a watery Celtic knot. She guarded the birding binoculars from her book perch beneath wildflowers. Koala stood in a mound of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, watching the Lead Buckaroo sneak bites when she was supposed to be fixing dinner. Koala smiled when the card from her Australian writer connected the gathered Ranchers from the Kingdom to Down Under. In 99-words, no more, no less, Koala bore witness to literary art and writerly friendships.

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91 Comments

  1. tnkerr

    Have fun, kids.

    • Charli Mills

      Having a blast! 😀

  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    “Yeah, yeah. Pal, where are we? I don’t know if we’re here or there.”
    “Shush Kid. Mebbe it ain’t about you or even me.”
    “Reckon they’s havin’ fun?”
    “Yep. The Poet Lariat is right there by a real live fire, an’ sure ‘enough she’s a real live wire. An’ hear thet? The Prentiss’ have jist arrived fer fireside chats. Hey, here’s Shorty. An’ Jule’s hub. OMG ain’t this cool? Could this git any better?”
    “Sounds like we’re here.”
    “Right here. Jist heard Ann Edall-Robson’s on her way too. Then Susan Sleggs.”
    “Think they know we’re here?”
    “Doesn’t matter.”
    “Nope.”

    • Charli Mills

      Thought I glimpsed Kid in the Poet Tree but it was Blue Heron. Mighty fine country, this here Vermont.

  3. Norah

    Sounds like you’re already having a marvellous time and it’s only going to get better when everyone else arrives. Thanks for the mention. I hadn’t thought of it going ‘public’, then what could I expect from a writer. Now I just have to figure out how to spell ’embarrassment’ in 99 words. ???????? Perhaps my grandchildren will help. They’re coming over to play today.

    • Miriam Hurdle

      I love the koala theme, Norah. I have my photo holding a koala plus koala on the tree.

      • Norah

        That’s awesome, Miriam. Where was the photo taken?

      • Miriam Hurdle

        From our Australia trip. I don’t remember the exact location but I wanted to find out. We flew to Sydney, went to Blue Mountain, Brisbane, then flew to Cairns and drove along the coast to Cape Tribulation. We went to a Koala zoo somewhere there. Do you know any Koala zoo in those areas?
        We paid to have the picture taken and they also used our camera to take some for us.

      • Norah

        Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is quite close to me here in Brisbane. You can certainly have a photograph taken with a koala there. I had mine taken when I was about seven. But there are other places where you can hold a koala and have a photo taken too; for example, Currumbin Wild Life Sanctuary at the Gold Coast and Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Perhaps the back of the photo was stamped with the location. Can you see the back or is it glued into an album?

      • Miriam Hurdle

        Thank you, Norah! I’ll check. We probably went to the Koala Sanctuary near you not the zoo in Sydney.

      • Norah

        If only we’d known each other then. It’s only 15 minutes from me – just down the road. 🙂

      • Miriam Hurdle

        Wouldn’t it have been wonderful, Norah? In my future travel, I’ll keep in mind of where my blogger friends are. 🙂

        We’re coming back to Australia plus New Zealand. We may not go to Cairns this time. 🙂

      • Norah

        If you come to Brisbane, let me know. 🙂

      • Miriam Hurdle

        I surely will, Norah. It’s would be wonderful we could meet. 🙂

      • Norah

        It would. 🙂

      • Miriam Hurdle

        🙂 🙂

      • Miriam Hurdle

        Here is The Koala Kingdom:

        https://theshowersofblessings.com/2019/07/23/carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-the-koala-kingdom/

        The Koala Kingdom

        “Welcome to the Round Table. The top agenda today is on Koala.”

        “We had that six months ago.”

        “I’ve met with Koala King. His concerns are about the millions of acres of their kingdom being destroyed.”

        “By the developers for housing?”

        “And the wildfires too. There’re no consistent legislation or adequate resources from the government to protect them.”

        “What do we do?”

        “The researchers suggested upgrading the Koala status from Vulnerable to Endangered. We’ll recommend that the government declaring the Koala habitat a sanctuary.”

        “Yes, the Koala Foundations will jointly go to the government for securing the Koala Kingdom.”

    • Anne Goodwin (Annecdotist)

      What a great idea to send a proxy, Norah, and your thoughtfulness and generosity is nothing to be embarrassed about. And perfectly apt to have a prompt in your honour.

      • Norah

        Thanks, Anne. I do feel honoured to have instigated a prompt. The prompt has in turn instigated an idea for a picture book, so I’m pleased about that. 🙂

    • Charli Mills

      Norah, you have been such a wonderful part of our refuge! Sorry, we’ve had a few accidents with your proxy! Koala is living the adventure, that’s for sure. Hope you know that we all appreciate your generous spirit and welcome you here. <3

      • Norah

        Thank you, Charli. It was important for me to feel a part of it, even if I couldn’t be there in person. Now you’ve got me wondering what happened to my proxy!!! I hope the adventures included some laughs. Adventure goes best with laughter. 🙂

      • Charli Mills

        Your proxy went on a golf cart, hikes, kayaking and guarded the bowl of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

    • Norah

      The children and I all wrote the beginnings of koala stories. This isn’t the one I started then, but another one to add to the collection:

      A Kingdom for a Koala
      “Bring me a koala!” The king bellowed, sending servants scuttling.
      His zoo was complete with all, except a koala. The omission stoked his anger daily. He wouldn’t accept that his destruction of eucalypt forests had decimated their population.
      From the shadows came a tiny voice. “What will you give for a koala?”
      “Anything!”
      “Your kingdom?’
      “Yes, my kingdom! Anything! Just get me a koala.”
      “I have a koala. First, your sceptre and your kingdom.”
      Blinded by rage and desire, the king complied.
      The koala removed her mask. The king gloated pre-emptively.
      “Throw him into the dungeon. Free the animals!”

      • Norah

        I’m back with another koala story to add to the mix:

        Surprise Party for a Koala

        BANG! BANG! BANG!
        Little Koala’s eyes pinged open.
        There it was again. BANG! BANG!
        She stretched, clambered down the tree and headed towards the noise.
        She stopped under possum’s tree and peered into the branches.
        “What’s going on here?”
        Possum peeked out, glancing left and right. “Nothing.”
        “Tell me!”
        “Nothing. Go away.”
        Koala scrambled up the tree. “What’re you doing?”
        Possum grimaced, pointing to a sign.
        “You know I can’t read yet.”
        Possum placed a crown on Koala’s head. “It was supposed to be a surprise. Happy birthday.”
        Koala felt special as a princess when all her friends arrived.

        Link: https://wp.me/p3O5Jj-1r8

    • susansleggs

      I’ll tell what happened to Koala. She fell off the back of a moving golf cart, but was caught mid air, so preserved. Someone had the idea you might have bugged her so you could hear what was going on. There was loads of laughter but you missed the reading of a horse point of view story about carrying her cowboy while he was calf roping. It was mighty near erotica and the word of the day was titillating….Like I said, loads of laughter, and learning, and loons, and water, and new special friendships. We all talked to you during our stay.

      • D. Avery @shiftnshake

        Somebody is forgetting one important lesson. (What happens….)

      • Norah

        Oh my, Koala has had quite an adventure. I wish I’d thought of bugging. I did think of a Fb messenger session but thought I’d better not interrupt the creative flow. I like that there was laughter. Laughter with friends is the best. I’m so pleased to hear you all had a good time.

      • Charli Mills

        Lots of laughter and koala was right in the thick of it for most!

        Susan, that horse perspective story came up today at the border when the Canadian Mounty mistook that D. and I were “riders” and I nearly got a case of the nervous giggles trying to cross over!

      • susansleggs

        Glad you made it over safely.

    • floatinggold

      I apologize for not replying to the right comment, but I don’t see the “Reply” button in the corresponding one.

      Actually, you cannot hold or even touch a koala at Taronga in Sydney.

      • Norah

        That’s interesting. It’s also better for the koalas. It’s changed since I was last there. Thanks for clarifying for everyone.

      • floatinggold

        It’s weird, because at Taronga I was told it was a NSW thing, but then I heard that at Featherdale you can pet it no problem, so I’m not sure where the “law” comes from.

      • Norah

        I think it’s been a recommendation for a long time regarding the health of koalas. But, as in many things, we humans take no notice if our ‘needs’ are given greater priority.

  4. joanne the geek

    Sounds like a great time you’re having. I’d love to do something like that some day.

    Since starting my WordPress blog around 20 months ago I’ve met so many other writers. I used to feel quite isolated but now I feel part of a community of like minded people. It’s my dream that one day I’ll meet some of the other writers whose work I have constantly read over the last year. However I’m in New Zealand and I have no money for travel, so at this point it’s just a dream for the future.

    I hope you all have a wonderful time. Hopefully it will be quite creative <3

    • Miriam Hurdle

      What part of New Zealand, Joanne? We went to Australia 15 years ago, but my hubby and his siblings want to go to Australia and New Zealand probably in 2021 (we made travel plan for 2020 already). They are Aussies.

      In my future travel, I would keep in mind of where my blogging friends are.

      • joanne the geek

        I’m in Christchurch.

      • Miriam Hurdle

        Thank you, Joanne. I’ll make a note of it.

    • Charli Mills

      This has been a long-time dream, Joanne. The extended version is to get to Australia and New Zealand. It’s wonderful to build community with writers and it starts with safe space to play with words and stories like here at Carrot Ranch. Glad to have you part of this community!

  5. Miriam Hurdle

    I’m excited for you, Charli! Your Someday is not too far off.

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks, Miriam, this is an exciting time!

      • Miriam Hurdle

        Yes, Charli. You’ll have to have an opening house when things are settled!

      • Charli Mills

        I’m headed back and close on the house Friday. An open house is a good idea!

      • Miriam Hurdle

        Somehow I haven’t seen your replies, I only saw the ‘likes.’ I came over and saw some comments, Charli. I hope there’s nothing wrong with my blog. Close your house on Friday is wonderful. Waiting for the open house. Some photos of the house, maybe.

  6. Sascha Darlington

    That sounds lovely! I remember the first time I went to Vermont. It felt like going home although I’d never been before. I tried to make it home but fate intervened and rightfully or wrongfully, I listened. I hope you all enjoy the writing retreat…wish I could be there. 😀

    • Charli Mills

      Sascha, I’ve not had such a strong feeling of having been to a place I haven’t. Fate leads us down unexpected paths but I’m finding as long as we show up for the daily ride, it can be amazing.

      • Sascha Darlington

        I think all of the green–there is so much, even the license plates!–must have reminded me of my childhood, going for summers to West Virginia which was also green and wooded, a place I missed and loved.

      • Charli Mills

        A strong memory of all the green. Now I understand these Appilacian places better.

    • Charli Mills

      Good one!

      • Sascha Darlington

        Thanks so much, Charli! 🙂

  7. Liz H

    Enjoy your visit to the waterfall and woods of creativity and rejuvenation–sounds like a little slice of much-deserved heaven!

    • Charli Mills

      Gushing waters beneath the falls fill the well with crystalline waters. Ah, yes, this is a slice of heaven.

      • Liz H

        These are the things that assure us of the goodness of life. <3

  8. Anne Goodwin (Annecdotist)

    Seems you’ve had a warm welcome, Charli both in the landscape and its people. I’m sure all the ranch hands are with you in spirit. Hoping you all have a marvellous and productive time and looking forward to hearing more. And photos!

    Never seen a koala, but will be back with my contribution eventually.

  9. Pete

    Hey Charli, Sounds like you’re having a well deserved good time! Funny, I’ll be at Lake Champlain next week, on vacation with the family.

    • Charli Mills

      Pete! You are like 90 miles away! Have a wonderful vacation.

  10. Susan Zutautas

    Sounds like an awesome time Charli!

    • Charli Mills

      It is, Susan! Thanks!

    • Charli Mills

      Definitely, the world has shifted, Ritu, and it feels like for the better.

      • Ritu

        I am really pleased for you ????

  11. robbiesinspiration

    It sounds like you are having a smashing time, Norah. I am so happy for you all.

  12. Jules

    In one of the few quiet moments I’ve penned;

    In the Greenwood Kingdom

    Sheila Koala took a walkabout in a different outback. She needed a solar recharge… she wondered if even the coming full moon would be enough to allow her to dance with all the words she was planning to pen to paper. Just imagining how to listen to the wild strawberries and decode the lightning bugs, and luxuriate in the loons compelling call… this is a strange new world.

    At the waterfall the sun not quite out, the trail slick from the previous days rain. Moss was growing brown veined white quartz. These are things that would also help renewal.

    ©JP/dh

    • Jules

      Very slight change at the site.

      See you all when I return. The Poet Lariat of Carrot Ranch 🙂

  13. Native's Cave

    Sounds adventurous as same as the Ranch.

  14. Jennie

    Your time in Vermont must be the best! Thank you for all the stories of what’s happening there. I”m so glad Norah sent along something special. ????

  15. tnkerr

    OK…
    I messed up a couple of things. The link to my story is wrong in the submission. It should be
    https://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/fascinating-stories-from-science-i/

    There was also a link to the Australian Museum embedded in my story. It doesn’t appear to have made the jump into the submission. It should be
    https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/mammals/drop-bear/

    I’ll try to get it right next time. Prolly won’t though, but I’ll try.

  16. denmaniacs4

    A day or two in the life. Pretty Seinfeldian, I think.

    Up to here with Koalas

    Aussie stuff’s ringing out loud and clear today.

    An Australia bound Air Canada hits a vortex and plummets’ down.

    Or up.

    It returns to the nearest land.

    Honolulu.

    Two day earlier, I wheeled a wheelbarrow of scrap, crap wood and punctured skin. I go to the Doctor for an infected hand. He gives me some Australian Papaw Gel.

    Charli posts “My Kingdom for a Koala.”

    My Kingdom, such as it is, a little ratty by regal standards, is overflowing with Australian minutae.

    Then I remember that my cousin once got deported.

    Weed, eh!

    Koalas!

    Cute, maybe, but unbearably pushy.

    http://www.engleson.ca

  17. reading journeys

    Enjoy the adventure! I hope the retreat “blossoms” into more stories (and prompts) for the Ranch!
    Thank you, Norah, for inspiring that wonderful prompt.

    I ended up finding a kingdom for Koala in a past FF of mine — Green lake habitat … I could not get the Vermont woodlands out of my mind!

    Saifun

  18. floatinggold

    That sounds heavenly. I’d love to join Some Day.

  19. Liz H

    What is wrong with me? 😮 LOL
    Hope you enjoy this bit of naughtiness:

    So Hot

    Sweat slid down between her breasts, over her taut belly, dipping into her round navel and dampening the fabric of her summer shorts. Her sports bra was soaked, unable to absorb more sweet summer effusions.

    After having mowed the lawn in 80% humidity, there were plenty.

    She tipped her head back and downed the last of her water bottle, shaking it for the final shivering drops. Leaning back on the cement stoop, she peered at her boyfriend, Ted, sipping an icy Koala Cooler.

    “I’m parched, Ted. My Kingdom for a Koala!”

    Waggling his brows, he tossed her a bottle.

    © Liz Husebye Hartmann (2019)
    [Continue ]

  20. susansleggs

    Charli, I feel blessed to have been able to attend the first Nature Retreat. I left some major issues at home in order to be there and during one solo writing experience I was “given” the knowledge I was exactly where I was supposed to be on this earth at that given time. An epiphany of sorts. I arrived with questions about my WIP and I left with, not only answers, but a plan to move forward. Thanks doesn’t say it all. May many other Ranch Hands get to attend in the future and may these retreats become available to all, no matter their location. You are an inspiration.

    Peace of Mind
    When young I could stare at lake water long spans of time noticing the passing boats, the size of or lack of white caps, or a splash made by a fish jumping to catch its supper. Often there would be just the surface to watch; the ripples changing direction with the breezes. This past week I got to do the same in an unfamiliar, beautiful location. I again experienced a peace of mind, free of all other thought. I wonder if it’s the same peace a koala might experience in its kingdom in the tops of a eucalyptus tree.

    https://wordpress.com/post/susansleggs.com/10831

  21. floridaborne

    Been on a bit of a hiatus myself — on a mission during a family emergency just to arrive home feeling the effects of air travel, fighting a migraine and then losing to it badly yesterday. I’m not sure what to do with koala’s but I’ll think of something.

  22. Sarah Brentyn

    That is wonderful. ???? I am so happy for you all. Have an amazing time! (Lovely that Norah can be there in Koala spirit.) ??????

  23. D. Avery

    “Sure is nice, layin’ out here under the stars.”
    “Yep, Kid, it sure is. Big skies an’ fresh air.”
    “Hear that, Pal? Frogs croakin’. Listen. Don’t it soun’ like they’s callin’ fer Shorty? Shorty. Shorty.”
    “Kid, thet ain’t frogs. We’s on the Ranch, not some lake back East.”
    “Then what is that sound?”
    “D’ruther not say, Kid, ‘ceptin’ thet after two weeks a beans mebbe the air could be a might fresher.”
    “Oh. Yep, I smell what yer sayin’. But hear that call, Pal? Gotta be loons.”
    “Coyotes, Kid. We’s on the Ranch.”
    “No loons here?”
    “D’ruther not say.”
    ***
    “What d’ya s’pose Shorty an’ our writer’s up to? Ya’d think our writer’d be writin’.”
    “Oh, she done turned that writers’ refuge in ta a writer’s refuse. Refusin’ ta write, claims doin’, seein’ stuff ya cain’t make up gits in the way of fiction writin’. Cain’t shape her WIP.”
    “Shorty’ll whip ‘er inta shape.”
    “Mebbe, mebbe not. Heard Shorty’s unner some kinda Green Mountain spell now too. Either thet or she’s jist been out in the Vermont hot sun too much. Gittin’ kinda looney.”
    “Shorty ever comin’ back?”
    “Reckon. Even those twisty gravel roads cain’t keep Shorty from Home.”

  24. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    “Sure is nice, layin’ out here under the stars.”
    “Yep, Kid, it sure is. Big skies an’ fresh air.”
    “Hear that, Pal? Frogs croakin’. Listen. Don’t it soun’ like they’s callin’ fer Shorty? Shorty. Shorty.”
    “Kid, thet ain’t frogs. We’s on the Ranch, not some lake back East.”
    “Then what is that sound?”
    “D’ruther not say, Kid, ‘ceptin’ thet after two weeks a beans mebbe the air could be a might fresher.”
    “Oh. Yep, I smell what yer sayin’. But hear that call, Pal? Gotta be loons.”
    “Coyotes, Kid. We’s on the Ranch.”
    “No loons here?”
    “D’ruther not say.”
    ***
    “What d’ya s’pose Shorty an’ our writer’s up to? Ya’d think our writer’d be writin’.”
    “Oh, she done turned that writers’ refuge in ta a writer’s refuse. Refusin’ ta write, claims doin’, seein’ stuff ya cain’t make up gits in the way of fiction writin’. Cain’t shape her WIP.”
    “Shorty’ll whip ‘er inta shape.”
    “Mebbe, mebbe not. Heard Shorty’s unner some kinda Green Mountain spell now too. Either thet or she’s jist been out in the Vermont hot sun too much. Gittin’ kinda looney.”
    “Shorty ever comin’ back?”
    “Reckon. Even those twisty gravel roads cain’t keep Shorty from Home.”

    • Liz H

      “Even those twisty gravel roads cain’t keep Shorty from Home”
      <3 <3

  25. Chelsea Owens

    I know all about Some Days and am so happy you are living yours!!

  26. Paula Puolakka

    The Two Koalas

    She was born in the year of the Koala (so did the new wave Japanese astrology hippies say,) and so was her son. Together they went everywhere, the tender mom and son, and teasingly she called him “Bubba,” but he replied, every time, “I am not your Bubba, but you are my momma,” and together they laughed.

    Their kingdom was the God-given world. They loved the flowers, ancient trees, and the lakes, but unfortunately, many of their favorite places were violated by the aggressive building projects.

    Yet, wherever the two went, people said: “Their Koala kingdom is the best.”

  27. Ann Edall-Robson

    16 weeks has been a pretty good run for Hanna, Tal, Mac and Liz . . . Koala Range will be the last of Hanna’s Story I will be sharing with you (for a while).

    Koala Range
    By Ann Edall-Robson

    Mac stood leaning on the fence, one foot resting on the bottom rail. He came here when he needed to think without interruption from humans. This was the pasture the retired horses were turned out in to enjoy the rest of their days, the old-timer’s kingdom. A tradition his grandfather had started, and one Mac was happy to carry on.

    “Remember son, you never turn your back on the ones that made you the man you are.”

    A soft nose pushed at his hand looking for a treat. Mac’s favourite gelding waited for attention.

    “Here you go, Koala.”
    https://www.annedallrobson.com/99-words/koala-range

  28. Miriam Hurdle

    Here is The Koala Kingdom:

    https://theshowersofblessings.com/2019/07/23/carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-the-koala-kingdom/

    The Koala Kingdom

    “Welcome to the Round Table. The top agenda today is on Koala.”

    “We had that six months ago.”

    “I’ve met with Koala King. His concerns are about the millions of acres of their kingdom being destroyed.”

    “By the developers for housing?”

    “And the wildfires too. There’re no consistent legislation or adequate resources from the government to protect them.”

    “What do we do?”

    “The researchers suggested upgrading the Koala status from Vulnerable to Endangered. We’ll recommend that the government declaring the Koala habitat a sanctuary.”

    “Yes, the Koala Foundations will jointly go to the government for securing the Koala Kingdom.”

  29. pedometergeek

    Nothing like posting at the last minute (and considering there was even an extra week in there)…nonetheless, here is my entry:

    The Encyclopedia Kingdom

    Julie loved picking up random volumes of the encyclopedia, discovering new animals. It was there that she found entries for wombats and koalas. Both were from Australia, but she’d probably only see them in pictures.

    One Christmas, however, she saw a Moore’s ad with a stuffed koala bear on sale, ninety-nine cents. She circled it and hoped the hint would be taken.

    On Christmas morning, Julie was excited to open a package containing the little koala. It looked less like the pictures, but she was happy.

    Years later, she saw koalas at the Cleveland Zoo. Wombats? Fingers still crossed.

    Nancy Brady, 2019

  30. Charli Mills

    Thanks, Anita!

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  5. Fascinating Stories From Science – I – tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice - […] I wrote this for the July 11th Flash Fiction Challenge […]
  6. A Gift Fit for Royalty | jagahdilmein - […] in response to the Carrot Ranch July 11: Flash Fiction Challenge . The challenge this week was to write a…
  7. The Koala’s Picnic – Flash Fiction | Susan's Place - […] flash fiction of 99 words was written for a challenge over at Carrot Ranch. The prompt word being: […]
  8. Jill the Pirate and the Koala King (short fiction) – joanne the geek - […] This was written with the prompt to write a story about a koala in a kingdom provided by the…
  9. A Kingdom for a Koala | Norah Colvin - […] This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less) write…
  10. Kingdoms, Koalas and all that #carrotranch #morganandlogan | TanGental - […] was written in response to the, frankly bizarre and challenging Carrot Ranch prompt this […]
  11. CW: My spirit animal. – One day at a time… - […] “In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a koala in a kingdom.” [Extra points for…
  12. So Hot – From the Valley of the Trolls - […] Carrot Ranch Prompt (07/11/2019): “My kingdom for a koala!” In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story…
  13. 99 word prompt: Koala’s bear | Two on a Rant - […] If you want to participate, here’s the link:  https://carrotranch.com/2019/07/11/july-11-flash-fiction-challenge/ […]
  14. Surprise Party for a Koala | Norah Colvin - […] Last week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less) write…
  15. Who did it? – Aweni - […] This flash fiction was written in response to Charli Mill’s July 11, 2019, prompt: “My kingdom for a koala!”…
  16. Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Koala Kingdom | The Showers of Blessings - […] Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge – The Koala Kingdom […]

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