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Marked Absent

Miss Robertson's School Room 1913

Miss Robertson’s School Room 1913

She had been so sure she could do it. Her empty desk, right in the front row, was a sad testament to just how wrong she had been.

The star pupil had had that starlight flicked out, like a candle hissing softly between licked fingers.

She had been so sure she could spit her chewing-gum furtively into the waste-paper basket under the desk next to hers. Now she stood forlornly at the back of the class, where she had been sent to Think About What She Had Done.

Miss Robertson, meanwhile, was in the Ladies’ Room, trying to get chewing-gum off a blue gingham dress.


This was written, to the above prompt, for the Flash! Friday micro-fiction contest.

The photo is from the National Archives Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Deep Thought

Monk by Shuco

His parachute was still wrapped around him.

The Glastonbury authorities allow concert-goers access to the giant stone circles, but the Stone Bedstead of King Arthur is off-limits. You don’t want people trampling on the bed of the Once and Future King, in case the “Future” part is actually true and he comes back really annoyed.

So they had put barbed-wire around it, but hadn’t reckoned on anyone arriving from above.

He hadn’t known that there was a tree so close to the bed. He had had to catch the large branch, flip around it and spin off like a gymnast leaving the parallel bars. He’d even done the little step forward that they do upon landing, trying to make it look like part of their routine.

Anyone seeing him now would have thought that his head was bowed in contemplation, but in fact he was simply waiting for it to stop spinning.


This was written for last week’s Flash! Friday 150-word competition, with the photo as the prompt.

The photo is called “Monk: Thailand” and is courtesy of Shuco.