Three Houses #flashfiction

June 24, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a cat named Rainbow on an outdoor adventure. Rainbow is any cat of any identification. What would draw a cat outside? Go where the prompt leads!


Three Houses – by Hugh W. Roberts

Having come from wherever it had departed, the cat’s eyes peered at the three houses.

The first was too dark, dull and lifeless. Nobody lived there.

The second was charming, full of life; every window opened with a mixture of human voices and music emerging — no chance of any peace there.

A rainbow flag fluttered from the third and, although familiar, seeped grief.

A tragic-looking middle-aged man named Adrian answered Rainbow’s scratching at the front door.

“Richard? Is that you? You always told me you’d come back as a cat.”

Tears of comfort allowed grief to leave empty-handed.

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Image of a fluffy cat with a flower crown on its head, taking a rest on grass.
Image Credit: Charli Mills

Adrian and Richard appeared in last week’s piece of flash fiction. Click here to read it.

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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41 thoughts

  1. I’m not sure I’d want to come back as a cat but I guess for the right owner, perhaps! That cat picture is hilarious. I showed it to my cat but he said “no way” and trotted off in the opposite direction.

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