Follow your dream: 99 Word Flash Fiction

“Granny what’d you do when you were younger?”

“Same as I do now Clive. I Follow my dreams. Like when I was a girl guide. I did all these badges. Cooking…”

“But Granny you can’t cook.”

“I know but I was following my dream. I did other badges too – hiking and astronomy, and first aid and sewing…”

“But Granny you don’t hike and I knows you don’t sew.”

“Oh but I was following my dream. Once I got my Queen’s Guide, the biggest badge of all, I could go after the next dream. Clive, you gotta follow your dream.”

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

March 22, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme “follow your dreams.” Bonus points for throwing a badge into the tale. Go where the prompt leads.

  • Respond by March 27, 2018, by leaving a link, pingback or story in the comments.
  • If you want your story published in the weekly collection, also post it at Carrot Ranch on Facebook in the post newsfeed (this is the second posting of your story).
  • Follow the style of the flash fiction that follows.
  • Leave a short link on FB with your story if you want one included in the title.
  • Rules are here.

Take note: if you want to submit to the Ranch and be included in the compilation there is a different procedure to make Charli’s life that little bit easier.

This one is a BOTS – I am never going to be a granny but I was a girl guide and I can still remember working for my badges and the thrill of reaching the pinnacle. The day of the presentation at Government House at Kirribilli was something I looked forward to for weeks. Sir Roden Cutler was going to shake my hand. We had only shortly before moved into a new house which my parents allowed me to furnish my room from my budget as I liked. I was so proud of it and I felt like an adult and what do adults do – they protect stuff so I filled my wardrobes with napthalene to ward off any moths from my clothes and shag pile carpet. The only thing I warded off was me as it gave me asthma and bronchitis and I couldn’t sleep in my room for about six weeks. The doctor forbade me from washing my hair for the same length of time and with the spray on hair cleaner in my hair (I don’t know if you can still buy it) I turned up at Government house.

1973.3 Irene guide badges

© irene waters 2018

069 presentation to Irene of Queens Guide by Sir Roden Cutler

© irene waters 2018

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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37 Responses to Follow your dream: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. I enjoy your flash fiction. Most of my siblings were in boy scout, girl scout, but I wasnot. So I look forward to earn some badges.

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  2. calmkate says:

    Wow did you get your Queen’s Guide? Good write!

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  3. Great little story with a wonderful truth in it. I like the picture that you follow it with and the little blurb about yourself. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    Your flash made me laugh, but it also made me think. Often, to follow our dreams we have to pursue badges we’ll never truly master but it’s a step closer to shaking the hand of someone important in our lives. Love the photos and learning about the story behind the BOTS, but what a scary encounter with chemical-induced asthma and bronchitis!

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  5. Oh Irene, what a wonderful BOTS and your photos are wonderful! I seem to remember reading about you achieving Queen’s Guide and having a chat about it on one of our walks. You followed your dream indeed, what a fantastic achievement! I dreamed too, but only briefly, and didn’t get that far, but I do remember being a Patrol Leader of the Kingfishers for a time 🙂 Let’s hope I do better with my writing dream, ha 😉 I got to enjoy the dream vicarously on behalf of my eldest son when he made Eagle Scout in America, the boy’s American equivalent. Oh the work that went into that, which I also remember very well! Wonderful post, set me up for the day with a huge smile, thanks Irene! 🙂 ❤

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    • I thought I’d written something about it in the past but I looked and couldn’t find a thing. Perhaps it was something we just got talking about on one of our walks. Well done to your son. Do you have kingfishers in the UK. I guess you do. Of course we have kookaburras here as the kingfisher that is most Australian but we have a few others also. Glad I made you smile as you do me.😄

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      • Oh maybe that was it, I know we talked about it at some point and being so impressed you made Queen Guide! And this time, I just loved seeing your photos. I look awful in my uniform in the one and only photo my mum has of me which will never see the light of day here or anywhere! We do have kingfishers, very elusive, and I actually got to see one on my birthday a few years ago, such a thrill. I’ve always been fascinated by kookaburras, thinking of them as quintessentially Australian. And yes, I am smiling now Irene 🙂 ❤

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      • I’m sure you looked absolutely gorgeous in your uniform. I had a comment one day on a photo I posted of myself from the past congratulating me on having the courage to post such a photo – as not many women would. I laughed.
        glad you’re smiling Sherri – now think of a kookaburra and laugh. Lovely talking to you.❤️

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      • Haha…I really did look horrible, lanky and spotty lol! I love that you post your photos, always have enjoyed seeing you as little Irene and learning more about your life through pictures and words 🙂 I’m smiling and laughing just thinking of the fun we’ve had and lots more to come with kingfishers and kookaburra’s and everything inbetween. Love & hugs…have a wonderful weekend my friend! 😀 😉 ❤

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      • LOL. Thanks Sherri. You too have a lovely Easter holiday and we’ll walk next week. ❤️

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      • Thanks Irene…a lovely Easter and hope for you too. And now it is Friday and I am way behind blogging wise, so will start fresh next week and look forward to walking and talking then. Have a lovely weekend 🙂 ❤ 🙂


  6. A great piece of flash fiction, Irene. I really enjoyed reading about your girl guide adventure. I was a brownie for about six weeks. I was to shy to go for badges so I stopped going.


  7. Ah, stepping stone badges. What a bother! Glad you got where you were headed, cooking and bronchitis and all.


  8. Great story, Irene and what a proud moment for you in the Guides, getting all those badges 🙂

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  10. Annecdotist says:

    Your flash made me think of people collecting experiences like badges, always moving on to the next thrill. Great for girl guides etc however!

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  11. Ellustar says:

    Reblogged this on SEO.

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