Consider the source



“Come on, Darlene, let’s take the shortcut.”

The two teenagers started down the metal staircase. Half-way down Elaine came to a full stop–Darlene nearly plowing into her.

“Hey, Elaine, what the….?”

“Shh. Look…there’s a big koi at the bottleneck.”

The girls ran down the remaining stairs and tried tackling the large fish without success, so the teens cleared a narrow channel through the bottleneck for the koi to continue downstream. They watched nervously as a surge of water dislodged the debris–barreling down on the koi. Soon the fish could be seen floating dead in the water near a new bottleneck.Image

Friday Fictioneers at Addicted to Purple
Photo Prompt:  Copyright Sandra Crook
Word Count: 100
Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at Addicted to Purple for her untiring hosting of Friday Fictioneers



When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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6 comments on “Consider the source
  1. Poor koi.. Probably it was doomed anyway.. But children have that natural empathy. So sad when nature has come to that point.. And just maybe the girls learn something from this.

    • Lucy says:

      I’m sure they would learn something. But what? You know how kids are. One bad experience and they carry it for the rest of their lives.

      Thanks for stopping by, Bjorn. Lucy

  2. Lucy, In the battle between life in the water and pollution the life is too many times the loser. Well written. I liked the photo of the surfing Santa. 🙂 — Susan

    • Lucy says:

      I agree. It’s a shame though. I’m glad you liked the surfing Santa. Winter here in the Tampa Bay Area is unseasonably cold and Santa would need a wet suit. I do appreciate you coming by. Lucy

  3. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, Another week and another great story! Hope you have wonderful time over the holidays or next week. We’ve been busy with Grandkids and having a blast. Nan 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks, Nan. Sometimes my stories can such a buzz kill. You are not old enough to be a grandmother.You are hallucinating. I hope you have fine holidays as well.


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