#Flashfiction – Beggars can’t be choosers

From the diary of Jennifer Saunders

“I’m not eating it,” he said. I could have cried. My entire day had been spend foraging for fruit and now he was rejecting it. “Why won’t you eat it?” I asked. He pointed towards a large, brownish bump on the skin of the apple, “It’s damaged and it might make me sick.”

All the fruit looks like this. Since the war, nothing is perfect. Thomas may be right about the dangers of eating the food but there is nothing else and beggars can’t be choosers. Next time, I’m going to peel the apple before offering it to him.

Written for Charli Mills’ 99-word flash fiction challenge. You can join in here: https://carrotranch.com/2019/04/11/april-11-flash-fiction-challenge/https://carrotranch.com/2019/04/11/april-11-flash-fiction-challenge/

30 thoughts on “#Flashfiction – Beggars can’t be choosers

  1. You always write such good flash fiction. It’s either thought-provoking or kinda scary.:-) Either way, it lingers in the mind. I’ve been working on an 800 word story this week. It’s harder than writing a 4000 word story!

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    1. Thank you Priscilla, that is a lovely compliment. I also find shorter harder as every word counts to get a story formed and concluded in only 800 words. I usually reach at least 1 400 words for a short story. A ghost and his gold was meant to be a short story and it is over 12 000 words not so I am turning it into a novella.


      1. Sounds complex and intense. After 9/11, I worked with kids who were dealing with the trauma of the single event, and compared that to the trauma of children who endure the chaos of longer term war. It was interesting as well as incredibly sad. Adding other mental health complications of top of that… you are a brave lady but up to the task, I’m sure.

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  2. I remember an article I read about the slums of India (which really could be anywhere) about how children spent half their days in the rubble of dumps looking for not only food but anything useful at all…


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