The Faucet – Flash Fiction for 7/27/12

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“Jimmy, go hook the hose up to the faucet.”

We were out in our backyard, in the suburbs, just before dark.

Jimmy came running back.

“I saw a big bear.” He pointed toward the faucet.

“A bear? In our yard?”

I took the hose and hooked it up. Jimmy ran into the house. For five, he had an active imagination. I watered the yard. When I finished and came in, Jimmy was asleep on the couch.

I forgot about the whole incident until the next morning when I unfolded the newspaper and saw the headline: “Bear Escapes From Local Circus.”

24 responses to “The Faucet – Flash Fiction for 7/27/12

  1. Real cute story. I am a mother of two, and a grandmother of four, and know the imagination of toddlers and young children. It is a never ending circus show with little kids. They never fail to entertain us, and wouldn’t want to change it for a moment. LOL
    Mine is here:

  2. Ron, young humans are prone to run away and join the circus. Bears, on the other hand, just the opposite. I recommend leaving a small bicycle outside to keep them entertained until Mr. Barnum drops by to pick them up.

  3. Reminds me of my own children. I try to give them the benefit of the doubt…except the time my youngest told me there was a cow floating on a balloon in her bedroom. Nonetheless, it scared her, so I moved the balloon into another room.

    ~Susan (

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