Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below. You can read stories posted by others or add you story by clicking on the link above.

Credit: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes

The Year of the Dragon

“Mom I want pork-fried rice,” said Kim.

“Do you want some soup too?

“Look at the dragon!” Kim pointed at an elaborate painting on the wall of the restaurant.

“It is very colorful. You know you were born in the year of the dragon.”

Kim’s face showed her puzzlement.

“It is from the Chinese Zodiac. It is made up of a circle of 12 animals. Besides the dragon, there is the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.”

“And mine is the dragon?”

“That’s right.”

“Oh here it is.” Kim looked down at the pictures on her placemat. “What does it say Mom?”

“It says you are stately, proud and passionate.” Mary thought about the daily ritual of Kim racing into the kitchen to show her coloring pages. The child doesn’t walk, she runs.

“What is your Zodiac mom?”

“I was born in the year of the rabbit.”

“And what about Daddy?”

“The year of the rat,” thought Mary. She said, “He was born in the year of the tiger.”

“I’m going to keep this placemat clean and show it to daddy this weekend.”

“I’m sure he’ll like that.?

8 responses

  1. Steve Lakey says:

    Maybe those zodiacs aren’t too accurate! Good story. 🙂

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  2. Birgit says:

    OOhh daddy is in the doghouse with his wife:) I am the year of the dragon. My hubby the year of the Rooster but I say another name which gets him fueled up-lol


  3. Haha! She’s going to show her daddy that he was born in the year of the tiger (rat). LOL!


  4. Definitely a rat! Where is he at the moment? Should be with his family. Lovely dialogue.


  5. Francesca Smith says:

    Great and realistic dialogue.
    And the rat part made me laugh!


  6. afairymind says:

    Great use of dialogue to tell the story. 🙂 I don’t think things are too good between Mummy and Daddy…