Flash Friday Fiction


Picture courtesy of EL Appleby

Back after a month’s absence.  Where does the time go?

I’ve been working on a committee for a charity event for the past few months.  The event is this weekend; the story below was inspired by both the picture above and that experience. 

I also had a dog once that looked as though he’d been a collaborative design effort.  He was a good dog.

Word Count: 104

Designed by Committee

Their first meeting outlined the mission and charter for the product.  Successive meetings focused on process more than outcome.  Each championed their idea as the most important, most vital element in the design without regard for the big picture. 

When their product was unveiled to the market, it was met with surprise then horror.  Stepping back for the first time, they could see the fruits of their labor.  Blinded by hubris, they saw only the beauty of their vision.

– Best trunk!

– Great spots!

– Stripes rock!

– Better in Black and White!

God shook her head.  She knew better than to outsource.

Please check out the links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers, which can be found here.

© Erin Leary


22 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

  1. Fun story, Erin. I’ve been working on Team Projects lately too and getting consensus is always difficult. This Garanimal is a perfect example.

    Glad you’re back. We’ve missed you!

  2. Very funny and true to life! And I love the idea of your dog that was a collaborative design effort! Sort of a Heinz 57 dog, which is an expression I haven’t heard for years, but rediscovered the other day!

  3. Dear Erin,

    Glad to see you back. It’s taking me forever this week, with my whacked out work schedule to get around to all the stories. This one makes me smile. I echo what has already been said. Love the committee and their Leader. 😉



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