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Family, Flash Fiction, Writing

Saturday Centus Week 146: Little Billy

Okay, okay; I know it’s Sunday. I didn’t see the post until this morning and got right on it. I call this 105-word piece “Little Billy:”

Billy spent a lot of time under the dining room table, listening. He enjoyed Uncle Igmar; his stories of medical school were filled with strange terms that caused Billy to imagine torture chambers. His second favorite was most likely Aunt Methilda, who earned her living as a mystery writer; she used Igmar and his stories as fodder for her books.

Billy had decided that he would grow up to be a detective; that way he could combine the talents of his two favorite relatives. Mother asked him what he was looking for with his magnifying glass one day; he replied, “Leave no kidney stone unturned!”


  1. deanabo February 10, 2013 5:35 pm

    I love it. The last line was perfect!

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Deana; I figured I’d use the prompt as the last line…

  2. themisanthropicmuse February 10, 2013 5:48 pm

    “Leave no kidney stone unturned!” hahaha. that was excellent.

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 3:58 pm

      Thanks the good people at Saturday Centus for that one!

  3. Karen S. February 10, 2013 6:58 pm

    Absolutely perfectly put- Bravo, and he’ll do wonders following after his favorite uncles-!

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 3:59 pm

      Thank you, Karen!

  4. Kristianne Osage February 16, 2013 3:12 am

    A very creative use of the prompt and an enjoyable tale too !!! 🙂

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 4:53 am

      Thank you, Kristianne! I enjoy how stories develop 🙂

  5. Jenny Matlock February 23, 2013 12:49 am

    Love this! I think I’d hire Billy if he could have gotten to the bottom of my kidney stone debacle!

    • AR Neal February 23, 2013 1:17 am

      Hahaha! Very true, Jenny 😉 Thank you!

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