March 1: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Ravens


March 1, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a raven. It can be in nature or used to describe humanity as a metaphor. Follow the bird. Go where the prompt leads.

The Raven family lived two doors up from me. They were an unhappy lot dealing with not only history but mythology as well. Raven’s were a known symbol of bad luck, foretellers of death and had been written about in Shakespeare’s plays in the most disparaging way.

They once took a holiday to the Tower of London where they attempted to release the captive ravens much to the horror of the guards.

Life was a never-ending series of trials for the Ravens, no one liked to rub shoulders with them and you never stood near them at a funeral.


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22 Responses to March 1: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Ravens

  1. Jules says:

    All in the name, is it? Superstitions abound because of not wanting to or being able to understand the truth… Kind of like beauty in the eye of the beholder.

  2. I have always liked ravens.

  3. Nicole says:

    Interesting how some of us love them, see them as messengers from the other side, others believe they represent death…

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice phrase at the end about standing near a raven at a funeral.

  5. Billy Mac says:

    Quothe the Raven… Nevermore!
    Nice post

  6. Indians believe that ravens/crows are to be fed food as they are the reincarnations of the dead ones.

  7. Nice take Michael. Shows how we have differing views on the raven efffect. I couldn’t let the tower of London go either in a prompt that had ravens.

  8. An interesting response to the prompt, Michael. Ravens certainly are regarded as being dark and deceitful.

  9. I think ravens have gotten a bad rap. I like how you’ve brought that out and created some empathy for them.

  10. Charli Mills says:

    Clever to put the narrator of your flash as a neighbor which makes for a great observation. Making them sound like an unlucky family with unfortunate heritage to overcomes adds a spark of humor. Good creative writing!

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