Poohsticks | Microfiction

Children chasing butterflies illustration - "Poohsticks" microfiction

Stick after stick they flung into the water before tearing along the muddy riverbank in chase.

Each twiggy sacrifice hurried along the current to its destiny; a big leap over the edge of the rocky outcrop. The sticks plummeted into a deep, dark pool and disappeared beneath the surface. It wasn’t long until they rose again, buoyed by the amber, peaty water.

Then the gnarled hand reached up and snatched. The sticks were lost to the bottomless depths.

“None of them come back up after that,” the boy observed.

His sister nodded. “It’s true then. Franny isn’t coming back, either.”

Photo by Dale Rogerson

This story was inspired by the above photo prompt for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields‘ Friday Fictioneers. Read more stories from this challenge, or add your own, here.


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Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

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