Flash Friday Fiction

Running the Gauntlet


Almost past.  If she could keep him occupied and interested for just another few feet, he’d miss it.

“So what kinds of new things are you learning at school?  Tell me the name of your new teacher again?”

“What?  Huh?”  His eyes were scanning and she knew he’d see it.  Why did they have to pass that temptation? Now that he was reading, the world was open to him.

She started to hum and swing his little hand as they walked briskly down the path.  Then, it happened.

“MOM! – Look!!! They have TOYS THAT FLY!!  Can I have one? Please please please???”


The photo prompt is courtesy of Ted Strutz.  Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  Links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers can be found here.

© Erin Leary

17 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

  1. Dear Erin,

    There needs to be a ‘Love it’ button to click. ‘Like’ just doesn’t cut it. Your story was one of the most rue to life, happy, and perfectly written 100 words I’ve ever read. The world truly does open up when our children learn to read and you described the fortunate and unfortunate results of that in your story. Very well done.



  2. He’s reading. Yippee! Next come the TV ads for toys and stuff, etc. Then compete with kids at school for expensive sneakers. Wonder how parents do it today…especially with all the techie gadgets the kids beg for today. Anne has the answer…just hand over the plastic and hope daddy gets another raise soon.

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