Follow The Feathers #flashfiction

July 8, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features feathers. It can be a single feather or more. Where did the feather come from? Does it hold meaning to the character or story? Go where the prompt leads!


Follow The Feathers – by Hugh W. Roberts

Slowly opening the front door, thirteen-year-old Adrian listened for signs of life.

Confident that nobody was home, he stepped inside.

Should he go to the kitchen for snacks or upstairs to turn on his new Playstation?

The strange coloured feathers had the answer. Adrian picked them up as he ascended the stairs.

Walking past his parents’ bedroom, he suddenly stopped. She was wearing her favourite dress and feathered boa, applying makeup and doing her hair in the dressing table mirror, a figure he knew.

“Mum?”

“Adrian!” came the deep voice of his father, turning round to face his son.

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Image of a white feather being highlighted against a blue sunny sky.
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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33 thoughts

    1. Well, given the first piece of flash Adrian appeared in (Edge Of Summer), I don’t think it affected Adrian in later life. We may well find out in future pieces, depending on what prompt Charli gives us.

    1. Thanks, Debbie. I always enjoy the challenges Charli set us to tell a story in 99 words. I’ve been told that my storytelling has improved a lot since I participated in these challenges. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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