Diane Selby Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Diane Selby is the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:


Flash Fiction writing Prompt copyright KS Brooks university of va2
Photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

Snow in the Forecast?
by Diane Selby

His white tail swished excitedly. The solution was a snow dance! He raced into the forest bordering the town. After selecting a tree, he proceeded to howl and prance around it. Then he waited, but no snow came. Slowly he walked towards home, dejected by the failure.

As he passed Main Street, he spotted Angeline’s familiar face. He thought of her homemade biscuits that rivaled the pizzeria’s meat pies. She’d been gone almost a year. If he recalled correctly, she’d closed up her shop and disappeared with her son right after the skiing accident.

“No biscuits today, Ziggy.”

He followed Angeline into her musty shop. Ziggy wandered curiously through a maze of antiques until he saw a snow globe on the floor. Nudging it with his nose, he sent the fake snow swirling.

Angeline knelt down, “Is this what you want?”

“Mom, we all want snow.” Ziggy’s tail wagged at the sight of Danny. “You’re being unreasonable! You can’t keep blaming this town, or snow, or winter, or skis, or whatever.”

With a resigned sigh, she ran her hands over the globe until it began to glow brightly. Mesmerized, Ziggy watched her undo her rash actions that had rendered the town cursed.

“Ziggy, come,” the pup jumped onto Danny’s lap. “I’ve missed you.”

The dog’s ears picked up a slight squeak as Danny maneuvered the wheelchair outside. Within minutes, beautiful snowflakes began to float from the sky. Smiling, Danny reached out and caught one while another landed on Ziggy’s nose.

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