SPF: To Cut a Long Story Short


To Cut a Long Story Short

Words 203

“Dad why is the crowd outside the gate shouting traitor, traitor?”

“They are upset that I ordered machines that may take away their jobs.”

“But why did you order them?”

“It wasn’t my decision. Besides, they were given the option to learn how to operate them. But I guess it’s easier to throw stones.”

“They’re mean!”

“Go and have lunch.”

“It’s so hot here Mamma.”

“The dining room is cooler.”

“Mamma, do you like cooking in this heat?”

“I love the smile on your face when you see your favorite dish.”

“But you don’t like cooking?”

“Do you like studying?”


“But you like coming first?”

“Yes. But I love cricket even more! You don’t let me to play cricket but you force me to study.”

“Cricket is not essential for your survival. Education is. Besides, if you are really passionate about something you can always find a way to pursue it.”


“You could do your homework quicker, wake up earlier?


“Call Bhaiyya for lunch.”

“Bhaiyya! Lunch!”

“I don’t want any.”


“I HATE Dad.”


“He wants me to become a doctor. But I hate academics. I love only music.”

“I think you only love to sleep. And throw stones.”


Flash fiction are typically involve two or a maximum of three characters. This one had four, not including the crowd outside the gate! So what do you think? Did it work? Do let me know – thanks!

Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting the challenge and the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by the prompt click here


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28 thoughts on “SPF: To Cut a Long Story Short”

  1. A mirror that reflects us on the inside i guess, we all want something without giving in anything. a good take home message for the young blood.

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  2. Haha, I think as kids, we just care about what makes us happy and anything is possible really. But I like how you pointed out that as kids and adults, we have to do things that will benefit us. Like cooking. Cleaning. Working. Yeah. That is my life at the moment. Wake up, work and repeat 😀

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    1. Yes! exactly the same routine over here 😀 The only thing that keeps me going are the lovely little notes left by beautiful people like you – thank you 🙂 Hey that rhymed 😉

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  3. Exactly…. its easier to throw stones. Good lesson learnt by him.
    Nicely done…. absence of characters’ names gives a different feel to it!!

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  4. A very clever write. It’s interesting how the Dad wants his daughter to help people than to be the one saying (with no choice) they have no livelihood.

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