cute as buttons flash fiction story

Cute as buttons

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads.

This is my response. I hope you enjoy it.

Precious as Gold

Too lads, reviewing the previous evening’s campfire conversation, dug stones from the bank, inspected each and competed to land one further in the creek.

“D’ya reckon there’s still gold here?”

“Dad says. Reckons someone found one this big.”

“But that’s ages ago.”

“So. Might be more.”

“What’d you do if you found some?”

“Easy. Buy a car, a yacht and a jet. How ‘bout you?”

He contemplated silently—a house of their own first, then for other homeless people too.

“Whoa. Look!”


They sprinted back to camp.

“You struck gold all right—a gold button,” the adults laughed.

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30 thoughts on “Cute as buttons

  1. Sandy Briggs

    Norah, just the right length, suspense, and plot for youngsters. I’m always curious about age level. I would guess up to 4th but would like your expertise. The dialogue is very good!
    Sandy Briggs

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Sandy, Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment. I guess I was thinking about boys from about eight to ten years – exactly what you were thinking. 🙂


  2. Mabel Kwong

    Short but sweet piece of fiction, Norah. Agree with what the others have said. It’s full of layers. Looks like the lads were daydreaming hard, and for gold, I think for many of us that is wishful thinking. Also what is gold to us is not gold to someone else; we each measure worth and self-worth differently. Some of us would much rather have a treat while for others having something essential and a necessity is more satisfying. If I had gold, I’ll look into ways of multiplying it before giving myself a bit of a treat 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thanks so much for reading and adding your thoughts to the comments, Mabel. You have certainly found different layers of meaning in the post. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. roughwighting

    Your story is cute as a button, Norah. Ah, kids. My 8-year-old grandson thinks he’s on the path to finding hidden treasure (he even made up a pirate’s treasure map). But he mostly talks about the first thing he’ll buy when he finds the treasure: a Lamborghini. WHAT? How’s he even know what kind of car that is? But he says I’ll be the first one he takes for a ride. 🙂

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        1. Norah Post author

          Ahh. Sadly, we have homelessness in Australia, too. Too many people, including families with children, living on the streets and in cars.


    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you so much, Pauline. I’m pleased you enjoyed it. Actually, I had a few thoughts to write a post about, but didn’t have time to do so. I had intended linking to your post about the gorgeous Petui. 🙂 Sorry I missed the opportunity.

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