February 20, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a library cat named Rainbow who escapes. Use this situation to write what happens next. Where does this situation take place, and who else might be involved? Go where the prompt leads!
Doug watched as the dog sat next to the stranger, turned into a cat named Rainbow. Holding a library book in its mouth, Rainbow jumped out of the picture and disappeared.
Two floors below, Sophie decided it was time to find out the answer. The ‘ping’ of the elevator doors opening stopped her from knocking on Mike’s door. She watched in disbelief as a cat exited the lift.
Aiming the revolver at the door of his hotel room, Mike made the sound of a gunshot before sneezing loudly. Only cats made him sneeze. Hotels didn’t have cats, did they?
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Written in response to the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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26 thoughts on “Rainbow #flashfiction”
This could be a catastrophy! But for whom? The twists and turns continue.
They do, Charli. And who knows what is going to happen next. Especially with a cat named Rainbow on the lose.
Well done, Hugh. I especially liked the last section. Life’s an adventure… in your characters’ lives and you writing this story without knowing the next prompt. So exciting!
I’m going to write a blog post about the whole experience I’m having by writing this story the way I’m doing it, Liesbet. Allowing my story to be in the hands of another is something I’ve never done before. I’m enjoying the experience, though.
I wondered how you’d work the rainbow cat into the picture. But oh, that’s right – he jumped out, didn’t he? 🙂
This was a tough challenge for me this week, Norah. When I saw Charli’s prompt, I thought there was no way I could incorporate a cat called Rainbow into the story. Luckily, the spiked drink Sophie had given Doug came to my aid.
Spiked drinks do have a purpose after all. 🙂
Hi, Hugh – I am glad that you did not let Rainbow beat you. I agree that doing a post about your experience of writing this story in 99-word sections is a wonderful idea. I look forward to reading that!
I will certainly be writing that post, Donna. I’m glad you’re enjoying how I am writing this story. Charli’s prompts are taking the story in many directions.
Lovely name for a cat!
It was named by Charli (who set this week’s prompt). I like it too.
Methinks this cat is a bit of a wizard
Maybe Rainbow has the middle name of Maggie-Smith?
Another great piece, Hugh.
Thank you, Robbie.
I love how you bought Rainbow into your little story!!!
I thought I was beaten this week. But I couldn’t allow a cat named Rainbow defeat me. Then I remembered the spiked drink Sophie had given Doug at the beginning of this story.
You managed amazingly!!!
You are really nailing this flash fiction genre, Hugh! You have a wonderful imagination and obviously found a way to weave in Rainbow. Will the story ever end? LOL! I expect to see the complete story in your next book, it will be a hit!
Thanks, Terri. I thought Rainbow the library Cat was going to beat me this week. It was Doug and Sophie that came to my recuse. Thank goodness Sophie gave Doug that spiked drink at the beginning of the story, otherwise Rainbow the cat would have beaten me. I’ve no idea how long this story is going to go on for. I’m thinking about writing a post about the whole experience I’m having in writing this story in 99-word sections. It’s a tough challenge, but I’m enjoying the experience (especially because I can’t write the next part until I know Charli’s prompt).
A cat named rainbow….so brilliant of you..
Oh, I never named the cat. It was Charli who set the prompt that named the cat, Rainbow. All credit to her.
Can’t believe you made this work 🙂 Cats yet! Still smiling.
I know. I almost gave up after many attempts at getting a library cat named Rainbow into the story. Thank goodness Sophie spiked Doug’s drink.