March 21: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Hole in the Bucket


March 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a bucket of water. What is the condition of the water and what is the bucket for? Drop deep into the well and draw from where the prompt leads!

Henry had been pleased when Lisa had guided him in fixing the hole in the bucket. It had been an exasperating time as every effort to repair the damage to the bucket had been thwarted. Straw too long, blunt scissors and ultimately the hole itself.

A hole in the bucket at a crucial time was a setback to someone as simple as Henry who prided himself on his self-sufficiency. The hole had flummoxed him.

Now the bucket was repaired and he could get on with the task at hand, carrying water to put out the fire in his bedroom.


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28 Responses to March 21: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Hole in the Bucket

  1. Sadje says:

    Oh, I hope he got there in time.

  2. Nobbinmaug says:

    I didn’t realize there was a fire going on. I didn’t get the sense of urgency in that song. Stop singing, and put out the damn fire.

  3. Lyn says:

    😀 😀 😀 good twist on the tale, Michael .

  4. Ha! Yep, remember that one from second grade. Can’t win for trying. Remember, it circled back to needing the hole-y bucket? His room’s gonna burn.

  5. You gave Henry a brain 🙂

  6. Violet Lentz says:

    Sounds as if he’ll be a day late and a dollar short on that!

  7. Charli Mills says:

    Great interpretation of Henry’s dilemma!

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