Safe New World #flashfiction

January 7, 2021 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the contrasting prompts butterfly and stones. The two can be used in any way in your story. Go where the prompt leads!


Safe New World – by Hugh W. Roberts

“Look at all these small, round stones, Alan. Is that some writing on them? It looks like some foreign language. And aren’t the rainbow colours on all of them stunning? It’s like they’ve been hand-painted.”

“Hand-painted by who or what?” asked Alan as he picked up a stone.

They both gasped with astonishment as a rainbow-coloured butterfly fluttered up from under the stone.

“Are there more of them under the other stones?”

“Only one way to find out.”

Within minutes of the last overturned stone releasing its prey, all human life ceased to exist on the safe, new world.


Image of a butterfly on top of a pile of stones
Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.

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37 thoughts

    1. The deadline is for stories to be included in Charli’s roundup post, Julie. I’d recommend you still create a pingback to the challenge, as others will then be able to check out your story. I’ve done the same thing a few times.

    1. I enjoy making objects that most see as safe and turning them into something sinister, Erika. I know how I would have reacted if I’d seen a rainbow-coloured butterfly. My last moments would have been of astonishment.

    1. Please do, Terri. I hope it doesn’t end the friendship after she reads it.

      I find lots of these stones with messages on when out on walks. However, since the pandemic, the messages on most of them have changed so much. Most now simply say – ‘Go home, stay there and stay safe.’

        1. As we’ve been in full lockdown since December 20th, and the beaches and seafront have still been packed with people, not social distancing, I can understand why some of the messages have changed on the stones, Terri. But here’s to the days when those messages are more uplifting again, hopefully, by the end of the summer. My fingers are crossed.

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