Flash Fiction – Family Portrait

April 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a silly sun story. Up north, “sun silly” is the energetic and playful response to returning sunlight. It could also be an April Fool’s jest, a silly story, or a reaction to spring fever. Be silly and write playfully! Go where the prompt leads.

Family Portrait
The Parkers were already posed and ready to go. As the photographer was about to take the shot, the sun hid behind a cloud.The Parkers tried hard to hold their perfect smiles as they waited.

The longer they waited the more their smiles faded. Little Bobby started poking Suzie. Grandpa began to yawn and scratch himself. Grandma even began to fall asleep. Mr. Parker kept his smile as if he noticed nothing. Mrs. Parker visibly showed her disappointment.

After seeing the photos, Mrs. Parker chose a photo of a dog in a Santa’s hat for their Christmas card.

8 responses to “Flash Fiction – Family Portrait”

  1. Ha! We lived that story one year at the Hub’s family gathering where all the siblings were present and Great-Grandma sat smiling in the middle as everyone argued for who stood where and meanwhile the sunset kept sinking. Our best shot was dark! Good take on the prompt.


  2. I’m not a big fan of pictures you pose for. They rarely come out the way you want them, and they aren’t always the “real” presentation of things. A funny Christmas card (the dog) is always a good idea.


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