Thursday, November 26, 2009

Flash 55 Friday, early

Cries of terror : "The play structure’s burning down!" In runs the 10-year-old with a magnifying glass.
"CALL 911!”
Two-story high rooftop flames touch 100-year-old pine grove.
Youngest on the phone, 3 times: “........NO! IT’S A PLAY STRUCTURE!"
Three hoses douse it out.
Chief calls in: "Yep, it WAS a ‘playhouse’."


Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by G-man (Mr Knowitall). The idea is you write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you've posted your 55.


  1. The chief missed the idea that the structure was the entirety not just the house...*sigh* can't see the forest for the playhouse.

  2. a whole story in these 55 words... well done!

  3. I love this tale. So much excitement in 55 words.

  4. We had an awful fire in my town last Sunday which completely destroyed two businesses. The buildings were over 100 years old.
    It was really sad to watch. :(

    My own Friday 55 is right HERE.
    Come see. :)

  5. Interesting tale, what kids will do! Thanks for sharing the 55!

  6. Frightful! Nice work.

    Mine is up as well:
    Friday Flash 55 ~ Memoirs

  7. you know i should not laugh, we nearly burned the woods down as kids with a magnifying glass. shivers and smiles. great 55.

    mine is up!

  8. Well written!!!

    My 55 is "Going Cold Turkey"...skim down below my Show n Tell post to find it. Click Here

  9. Good tale, well told. I must say, this Flash 55 stuff is beginning to grip.

  10. How traumatic for the ten year old! Lessons learned, I guess....Thanks for stopping by mine!

  11. You did a Damn fine job with this Dianne!
    Excellent 55 My Dear..
    Thanks for posting today with the holiday business and all going on..
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  12. More than ants and plastic soldiers are burned with magnifying glasses. Loved that subtle touch. This week my 55 is WAR!

  13. My brother burned down our shed when I was a kid!

  14. Aaww, no more play structure. Call 911, oh bless! I loved this one.

  15. Thankfully, he was not physically hurt. But hecalled me at the high school band performance that night...."when are you coming home? (I panic) Nothing wrong...Dad is here, just...when are you coming home?" He couldn't sleep!

    Thank you for your comments, I think everyone knows a boy (or girl) who started a fire in their youth.