August 17: Flash Fiction Challenge – Modern American Culture


August 17, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that heals America. Difficult and idealistic, I know. Think about building bonds of trust or stories of friendship. It could be a positive story about America. Bonus points for hugging a cat.

Modern American Culture, lecture one, and I was seated eager beaver to learn. Professor Trumpet strode arrogantly to the lectern, his cat, Donald, under his arm. “Make America great again,” he announced. “Now, how to do it.”

The next forty minutes he regaled us with stories of American greatness from inventions to statesmen to reasons why America was the greatest country on Earth.

All the while Donald the cat, who had the look of a sad dictator about him, watched dispassionately from the desk beside him.

“We don’t have to make America great again,” he announced,” we already are.”


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17 Responses to August 17: Flash Fiction Challenge – Modern American Culture

  1. Make America great again to We already are great…….. loses something in between the two thoughts. Space to ruminate.

  2. Are you saying it never will be again because its time has passed? Or are you saying it still is?

  3. Mara Eastern says:

    Tongue-in-cheek, nice! Anything featuring a cat is my favourite 🙂

  4. That’s the idea, the phrase, that got Prof. trumpet his place at the lectern. It could be viewed as a suggestion of a need for revision. Therefore I disagree with your cat; we are yet in need of revision, not wholesale rewriting, but thoughtful and compassionate revision. Now if we all only agreed on what greatness is… what a story this nation could write.

  5. Loved your characters names and the humour that came with your flash. Have to agree with D.Avery – certainly room for revision at the moment.

  6. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, no, Michael! I’m not sure Donald the cat radiates much warmth and love and purring. 🙂 I appreciate your humor and reflection. Sorry to hear you’ve had the cough. It’s going around in Michigan, too. Why must the germs be so great at uniting the world? Take care!

  7. I agree with Donald the cat. We are, we just forget to appreciate the details!!

  8. Pingback: Stories to Heal America « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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