Judith Garcia Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Judith Garcia is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.)

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:


phoenix zoo cheetah 2017 flash fiction writing prompt copyright KSBrooks
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by Judith Garcia

Mr. Hall held up a picture.

“Okay, class, this part of the quiz involves identifying animals. Who can tell me its name? Kylie, why don’t you go first.”

“Um, a lion?”

“No, it is a big cat, but not a lion. Jason?”

“It’s name is Fred. Hee,hee,hee!”

“Sit down, Jason. Monica?”

“A leopard? A bobcat?”

“Hey, she took two guesses. That’s not fair. I say cheetah!”

“I am not a cheater! Nobody said only one guess.”

“Cheetah, cheetah, cheetah! Mr. Hall, tell her I’m right!”

“Yes, Jeremy, you…”

“Mr. Hall, he called me a cheater! He’s a bully.”

“Monica, that is not bullying. Harassment, maybe, but not…”

“Mr. Hall, make him stop harassing me.”

“Monica, he gave the correct answer. Cheetah.”

“Now you’re calling me a cheater. My mom will get you fired! You’ll be sorry!”

Mr. Hall put his head down on the desk. Sometimes he wished he had become a big game hunter or some other less perilous occupation than teacher.

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