FFftPP–Smelling in all the Wrong Places

Posted: April 8, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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“What is that peculiar smell?” the meerkat asked, sniffing at the wind.

His companion wandered over and sniffed as well. There was no denying that the smell certainly was an odd one. Even a meerkat with a brain the size of – Well, the site of a meerkat’s – could tell there was something vastly out of the ordinary.

“Lion?” she suggested, trembling.

He shook his head. “Not a lion. Doesn’t smell like any animal.”

“A plant, then?”

Again, the shake of a head. “No plant I’ve ever smelled.”

“Then what?”

The meerkats both looked around, heads swiveling, searching with bulging eyes and twitching nose. There was nothing.

Then the first meerkat looked down. “Ah,” he said, eyes fixed upon the sticky black tar. “That would be it.”

Word Count: 126

Not my best work, but the picture prompt was a little difficult. Thanks to rogershipp for  the extra challenge in this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner! Image credit to pixabay.com.


  1. Very cute prompt and I think you did a great job with it 🙂

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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Cute. What is that black tar doing there?

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  3. Karthik says:

    This is a really good piece of work.

    I interpreted the black tar as road being laid through the jungle – a form on environmental encroachment,

    But then again, everything is open to interpretation.

    Good going 🙂

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    I thought it was tricky too! A great spin on the pic 🙂

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