99 Word Flash Fiction: Yellow Boat on the River and the Adventures of Perspemon (a children’s tale)

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

The faded yellow boat felt sad. Why didn’t the children want to go in him? They always chose the red boats and left him on the side of the pool. He knew he was special but why didn’t they?

One day a family came. Two of the children clamoured to ride in the red boat. Perspemon wanted to go in the yellow.

“Alright. You can go in the yellow by yourself.”

“Hold on tight” the yellow boat willed. “We’re off. Your family will think you are still here”

Perspemon blinked. He was in a yellow boat on the river

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

This is my contribution to Charli’s prompt in the children’s section. The prompt is:

October 8, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include a yellow boat on a river. Be creative with the phrase. It can be about a yellow boat or it could be the name of a band or brand of toothpaste. It can be included in the setting or be the adventure.

As a bonus challenge, anyone willing to write a story for three year-olds will be included in a separate children’s compilation. It’s an option, and not the main prompt. I owe my nephew a story.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to 99 Word Flash Fiction: Yellow Boat on the River and the Adventures of Perspemon (a children’s tale)

  1. bkpyett says:

    That’s sweet!


  2. Sherri says:

    What a delightful story this is Irene! I love it but I want to know more – what happens to Perspemon now that he has been magicked away by the yellow boat onto the river? This is the beginnings of a wonderful adventure and how great that you have a photo to go along with it. I’ve never heard the name before. Is it an actual name or did you make it up? Either way, I think it is really sweet 🙂

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    • Thank you Sherri. I’m glad you felt that this could continue as I felt on writing it what fun it would be to continue with Perspemon and the boats adventures. Never having had kids to read to I don’t know what they would like so I have never considered kiddies tales. As for the name – I haven’t a clue. It just came to me. I doubt I made it up feeling that somewhere in the recesses I may have heard it or it could just be a little alteration I made to Alginon. Arsenic and Old Lace springs to mind when I try to think where I might have seen it. 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        I really do Irene! I took up a children’s writing course at the time I discovered I was expecting my daughter. Having young kids at the time, naturally I thought I would have a bash at writing stories as we always had loads of children’s books and I read to the kids all the time as well as made up stories. I had a few ideas, and still do come to think of it, but severe ‘morning’ sickness put paid to that course and after that, well, what can I say? Life…and here I am, two decades later finally writing, ha! And not a children’s story in sight! So when I read your delightful little story, it really grabbed me and made me think that you are so good at this and you really should continue on with little Perspemon. You know, I just love the name, makes me smile every time and yes, actually, it does have a similarity to Alginon so maybe…who knows what lurks in the recesses of our minds? Amazing what writing fodder we gain from them though isn’t it? I look forward to the further Adventures of Perspemon… 🙂

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      • You probably used the information from the course Sherri and moulded beautiful tales which you told them. I’m really thrilled that you like it and I might think about pursuing it at a later date. Yes I love the prompts also – you just never know where you might be taken.


  3. Charli Mills says:

    What a delightful story! It does sound like the beginning of a fantastic adventure.


  4. Tena Carr says:

    That was a cute little story


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