Flash Fiction Friday – Buttercup

May 16, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about when a newly released prisoner meets the disabled veteran who adopted the puppy the prisoner trained behind bars. The prompt is based on the short story I wrote for Marsha Ingrao’s Story Chat. Yes, rewrite my story in your words, 99, no more, no less. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Buttercup – by Hugh W. Roberts

“Good to see you back, James.”

“Have I missed much?”

“Nothing, apart from the 100-year war. We’d have lost if it were not for the secret weapon you trained while away.”

“I thought I recognised her.”

“Why did you name it Buttercup?”

“The prisoner I shared a cell with had a pet by the same name. I thought it suited her.”

“As you can see, I lost an arm and leg, but not in the war. I volunteered to be Buttercup’s victim. Now, tell us the secrets you learned of the human race while in one of their prisons.


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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26 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Buttercup

    1. Thank you. Writing Charli’s story in 99-words was challenging for me, Norah. I found it very difficult but wanted to take a different route to that of most of the other responses. I’m glad I got through it, though.

    1. Sci-fi is my favourite genre, Terri, so I always feel safe and happy when writing it. This was a tough challenge, given we had to rewrite an 800-word short story using no more than 99 words. Great fun, though.

  1. Your story was so real, I felt like I could have been there listening to this conversation. I was confused about him being Buttercup’s victim. Did Buttercup bite off his arm and leg, or what happened? Loved the story. No horror, though. What’s up with that?

    1. Thanks, Marsha. I enjoy writing dialogue stories.

      Buttercup was the name James gave to the weapon he trained while in prison. Not necessary a dog, but a weapon that won his race the 100-year war they’d been involved in. They had to test the weapon out on somebody, hence the volunteer. This was more of a sci-fi story than a horror story.

        1. Given we had to write an 800-word story in 99 words, I’m not surprised you missed it, Marsha. My partner didn’t understand the story, but he never read Charli’s story either.

        2. I don’t think someone would necessarily have to read Charli’s story but yours was more complex than some. 🙂 I would expect that from you, though, Hugh. 🙂

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