A Piece of Flash and a Frog.


This is a short story I wrote earlier this year, intending to post it for a flash fiction challenge (FFfAW) which had a duck pond as the prompt. In the end, I wrote a story about a witch and the ducking stool and posted that one instead. That story can be found here. I came across this story sitting in my Documents file today, and as I’ve (reluctantly) given up writing flash fiction for a while, I thought I might as well bring it out of hibernation. The picture is not the same prompt: this one is courtesy of Pixabay.

So here’s my story:

Frog Wisdom

Drusilla hovered over the edge of the pond, scanning the blue-green water. Around her, the greening leaves of forest trees rustled in the April breeze.

‘Where are you, Alfrin?’ she called. ‘I know you’re down there somewhere. I saw you shoot off when I asked you to lay the table.’

After a few moments, she heaved a sigh. ‘If you don’t show yourself this minute, I’ll send your father to fetch you. You can’t hide anywhere from him, you know.’

A tiny head bobbed up, right next to a lily pad on which a big, green frog squatted. ‘But Dad’s already here!’ Alfrin retorted. ‘He’s showing me how to play hide-and-seek with the tadpoles.’

Freda, the frog, nodded sagely. ‘Of which I heartily approve. Our children need to play.’

A larger head suddenly emerged. ‘Hello darling. The water’s lovely… just couldn’t resist…’

Drusilla flapped her wings, ready to rant, then paused. Alfrin was learning to socialise, after all.

Two water sprites in the family would try the patience of any self-respecting fairy.


Word Count: 173

About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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31 Responses to A Piece of Flash and a Frog.

  1. Heartafire says:

    totally delightful…Drusilla…love that

  2. leggypeggy says:

    I have a friend named Drusilla, but we call her Dru.

  3. agenda19892010 says:

    * I like *

  4. So glad you found it and shared! Wonderful!

  5. Sweet tale, very human isn’t it? When children are needed or need to do something they don’t do: Call the help of the father!

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Scrapydo. Yes, most children know how to bolt as soon as jobs are being handed out! Some husbands do that, too. I’ve been very lucky with mine. He’s great around the house! 🙂

  6. Bekki Hill says:

    Lovely 🙂 Just like boys to go missing when there’s chores to do!

  7. inesephoto says:

    Fairies, nymphs and frogs – my favorite creatures. I can see how they all get along. Wonderful story, I would love to live in the fairy world.

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Inese. I would have added an odd leprechaun if I’d have known your liking for the magical, fairy world. The funny thing is, I have a story with a leprechaun in it, too. I wrote in years ago – long before I wrote my books or had a blog. It was for a competition about the little Tetley Men (as in Tetley’s Tea). I never did send it off to the competition. That had a pond in it, too.
      I think we all love fairy stories, really. They’re so much part of our childhood, and in some cases, our culture. I know the belief in elves is still quite strong in some parts of Scandinavia. I’m sure they’re part of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon culture, too.

  8. Aquileana says:

    Absolutely lovely… I love the idea of Alfrin being taught by his dad to play hide-and-seek with the tadpoles… Not to mention the two water nymphs.-.. Thanks for sharing… have a joyful day… best wishes. Aquileana 🎇★☀★🎇

  9. Nice tale and post… Thanks for sharing…. 🙂 Best wishes 🙂

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