April 12: Flash Fiction Challenge – Bat


April 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. You can use an association to the winged, cave-dwelling critter, or you can explore the word for other meanings. Bonus points for including a bat cave. Go where the prompt leads.

In Australia, the word bat is synonymous with cricket. We use a bat to play the game. Two teams play, one-team bats with each batter batting and wearing batting gloves until they get out and when one team has finished batting the other side then bats.

We talk about going in to bat for a friend, to offer them help and support.

We do have tiny furry bats hanging in trees and being in some places a nuisance.

We refer to eccentric relatives as going batty, but overall it’s a word with many meanings we love to bat around.


Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2018/04/13/april-12-flash-fiction-challenge/


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13 Responses to April 12: Flash Fiction Challenge – Bat

  1. Lyn says:

    LOL my Uncle Martin had bats in his belfry. πŸ˜€

  2. LOL. Love the cricket explanation. Five minutes ago I would have thought you had covered the entire field but for some reason I was looking up what the name of Batman’s butler was and discovered a type of bat I knew of but didn’t recollect when it came to writing a story that was a bit batty. The person forgotten was the Batman who served the army officer and carried his gear on the bat-horse.

  3. Ha ha ha, fun that was.

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    A word we love to bat around! Great exploration of all things, batty. I think I might be understanding what this cricket is all about…

  6. Norah says:

    Ah yes, all the wonderful meanings for ‘bat’. Well done.

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