All Aflutter (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Carrot Ranch Communications May 4 writing prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include insects in a story.



Jane slips out the back, squinting in the light. She’s walking toward the ramshackle gate when she sees something move at her foot. She stop-wobbles, not wanting to trip.

Butterflies, gathered on the ground.

The yard seems tattered and drab after winter but now that she looks, spring is everywhere.  Bedraggled rhododendrons are budding. New leaves curl from maples.  A bee loops past, settling in a clump of wakerobin.

A cinderblock draws her to sit in the warmth. The hell with trying to rustle up money today. It’s a day to see what happens at butterfly meetings.



Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

2 thoughts on “All Aflutter (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. What a beautiful photo, Deborah. It is just gorgeous, and I love the thought of joining you and the butterflies in their meeting. What a wonderful way to spend the day. You have mentioned a few plants that I am not aware of. It’s interesting how the vegetation varies across the globe.


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