Friday Fictioneers: Of Kings and Corals


Jason stopped mid-stride. “Is that a king or a coral snake?”

“Red and black means a friendly Jack.”

“Don’t be an ass, Drake. No snake is friendly. Answer the question.”

“Red and yellow will kill a fellow.”

“Well, that thing has red touching black and red touching yellow. So which is it?”

Drake shrugged. “I’m not sure.”

Jason unscrewed the jar and shook. Gerbil-sized grasshoppers tumbled out. The snake shot off the path, darting its tongue at the insects.

“Memaw’s gonna whip you.”

He scuttled along the dirt path. “I’d rather take my chances with her than the snake.”



Photo prompt & featured image: © Shaktiti Sharma

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The above is my 99-word fictional story. Each week, writers are offered a photo prompt, from which we are challenged to write a complete story, in 100 words or less. Then we post, share, comment and critique with dozens of other writers. Click the blue frog button to find more stories, and join in!

13 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Of Kings and Corals

  1. I think I’d avoid the snake, whatever the color! But I love the sense of place and character here. It feels like people and place that I know… lovely dialogue too! Side note: I became a grandmother 18 months ago, and he calls me Mima (Memaw)! 🙂

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