A Hot July Morning with a Cat #flashfiction


A Hot July Morning with a Cat  (fragment from Native Landscapes)

She sat there for a while looking out at the courtyard below. All three buildings looked the same, worn gray with age and neglect.

Then she noticed him. A cat. A cat curled on a windowsill outside one of the windows. She drew him following his every line, every curvature, every piece of fur and whisker. He was a variation of grays and stripes. A sleeping miniature tiger curled into a ball.

When she finished drawing, her mind was clearer. She noticed the yellowness of the sun behind the U-shaped buildings on the other side of the courtyard.



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This flash fiction is in response to the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge.

July 6, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a cat. It can be a cute and adorable kitten or it can be mean old tom that swipes a claw at unsuspecting humans. Cats are prevalent in the mining country – mousers and companions. Some survive in luxury with cushions in a sunny window, while others fend off coyotes. What cat comes to mind and how does it spark a story?


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8 thoughts on “A Hot July Morning with a Cat #flashfiction

  1. I love that you call this a fragment of your WIP! That’s a great name for flashes from longer works. Fragments help me get into a scene or with understanding its essential elements. This fragment shows how perspective can be changed according to our focus. I love it!

    1. I didn’t even think what I should call it. Fragment was the first thing that came to mind. It’s nice to isolate some of these scenes to get a good feeling for them. Thank you, Charli.

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