Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – The Pot of Gold


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The race was on. Over the road, across the field, jump the fence, trip, fall, get up, race on, the prize was for the taking.

It was so close and yet so far. The pot of gold awaited the fastest there.

Each contestant had in his mind what he’d do when he secured his prize.

One guy edged ahead then fell in the bog. Another took his place but tripped over his big feet. A third thinking he had it won made the mistake of looking behind and hit the wall.

The final contestants stood at the end of the rainbow and looked around. The pot had to be there. But where? They searched frantically, upturning everything in sight but there was no gold.

Just then the leprechaun stood up, the pot in his hand and announced they had to catch him first. He disappeared in a puff of smoke leaving them all clutching at air.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/fffaw-challenge-week-of-january-16-2018/

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19 Responses to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – The Pot of Gold

  1. Lyn says:

    You gotta watch those sneaky little guys. Gone quicker than you can say, “Guinness” 😉

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    There’s a Saturday night ‘entertainment’ show in this idea.

  3. James says:

    In my twisted imagination, I wrote the last lines as, “Just then the leprechaun stood up, the pot in one hand and an Uzi 9mm automatic in the other and announced they had to catch him first. Then he blew them all away and laughed his ass off as he disappeared in a puff of smoke.”

    Sorry. It’s how I roll sometimes.

  4. michael1148humphris says:

    I have often wondered where the pots of gold disappeared too. Now I know🙂. That’s just like a leprechaun.

  5. Great stuff Michael. Who’s to say the leprechaun didn’t sabotage the contestants to begin with!

  6. I am imagining even the contestants to be leprechauns, participating in a championship, who are outsmarted by one of their own 🙂

  7. Hahahaha! Love the ending! Funny story Michael!

  8. Ha ha – clutching at air… and pulling out their hair, to be sure, to be sure. Whimsical story, Michael.

  9. Ellespeth says:

    Now who woulda thought a leprechaun , holding the mythical pot of gold, could be so sneaky? 😛
    You did good with characters and place in so few worlds.

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