December 8: Flash Fiction Challenge – Taking a Gander.


December 8, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write using the word gander as a verb. A gander is a male goose, yet the Old English etymology of the word suggests it was once gandra which described a waterbird with a long neck (like a crane). In 1912, it became the act of taking a long look. What is the long look your story or character is considering?

Mum came rushing in, “Come quick, take a gander at this,” she said pointing out the window.

Along the back fence were seven ducks perched and quacking quietly among themselves in some sort of duck club meeting. They shifted from one foot to the other as if engaged in a strange duck dance. A flurry of flapping wings signalled approval.

Well stood amazed by what was happening. Usually the ducks didn’t come near our fence but today there they were.

Mum had her camera out clicking enthusiastically while the ducks and us took a long gander at each other.


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8 Responses to December 8: Flash Fiction Challenge – Taking a Gander.

  1. Glad I took a gander at your piece of 99 word flash fiction.

  2. Lyn says:

    Haven’t heard that for a while…”take a gander” or, “take a geek”. Do you remember that one Michael? LOL I’m really showing my age.
    P/S postman has been…thank you Michael 🙂

  3. Charli Mills says:

    That’s a great take on gander! A gander at the ducks! I know that flurry of taking such a look at the surprise arrival of birds, even ducks.

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