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Japanese Jacks...Flash Fiction Fun

Updated on February 28, 2018


There is a piece of me that has an addiction to writing flash fiction. I love putting together a story that can create images with very few words.

If you are not familiar with flash fiction, now is the time to discover it. There is no cut and dry rules as to how long flash fiction should be. Some writers say 300 words or less, whereas others claim it can be up to 1000 words.

I am about to share a flash fiction hub I wrote today while sitting in the main square of Carolina, Puerto Rico. I was waiting on my brother-in-law and friend Edgar take care of some legal "stuff."

So while I wrote this flash fiction, I imagined myself in another place, so I also took this picture with my webcam.

Enjoy this piece of flash fiction....

Don't Gas The Frog!

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Japanese Jacks

His duty was nearly over. Leon was ready to leave the Air Force. The 18 years he had given them had been full of stress and heartaches. In 5 days, Leon and his family would be on a jet leaving the country of Japan. As he passed the little shop full of Japanese art, Leon decided he would purchase a memento for their baby girl. He looked at the scroll that unrolled showing a map of Japan. Purchasing the map, he stuffed it into his pack knowing that when baby Melissa was older, she would appreciate the memory of the country she was born in.


The doorbell rang and Leon opened the door. The small voice asked if Melissa could come out and play. Leon yelled up the stairs, “Beth wants to play Missy.” Melissa, now 13 years old ran down the stairs. She had her school-pack on her back. “What are you girls about to do?” Leon questioned her. “We're going to play jacksin the park Daddy,” the young teenager stated. Melissa had grown into an intelligent and beautiful young girl, Leon beamed. “Be careful, and come home for dinner,” Leon smiled. “Ok Daddy,” Melissa said back. Leon went back to his news program.


Unrolling the scroll, Missy showed her friend Beth. She said this could be their jacks board. The first roll of the jacks had them spread all over the map. Missy made her play scooping jacks off the island of Japan.

Leon became more aware as the television started flashing a major bulletin.

Breaking news from Japan: The island has been hit with several earthquakes all in quick succession. The largest was an 8.6 and 5 others were somewhat smaller. Stay tuned for a damage report.

Beth made her play. When she was done, she handed the jacks to Melissa, and asked her what she remembered about Japan. “Not much Beth, but Daddy hated it there.” She rolled the jacks which all stayed together on the map. They all landed in the sea just outside Tokyo. Missy scooped them up with the bounce of the ball.

Tokyo has just been destroyed by a major tsunami. Reports say the tidal wave reached heights of just under 1 mile high. It is devastation in Tokyo and Japan. We will be back with more reports from Japan after these messages from our sponsor.

Melissa explained to Beth that her Daddy told her some years ago that he thought that some time in the future North Korea would bomb Japan because Japan helped the Americans in the war against them. She rolled the jacks. 1 Jack was far to Beth's side with the rest spread upon the island of Japan. Missy was great at the game of jacks. She bounced the ball and with a professional scoop, she grabbed the lone jack and scooped the rest.


Leon was still a reserve in the Air Force. The phone rang telling him to prepare for war. North Korea had just dropped a nuclear bomb on Japan. Belief was that the whole country had been obliterated. The United States must retaliate.

Leon went to pick up his daughter to tell her the news.



Did that story make you think?

Did it pass the flash fiction judgment test?

Make a vote below and now I will take off my gas mask.


© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you Cam. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      I enjoy flash fiction as well, Greg. Well done. I enjoyed your story.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you my friends. I am going to attempt more flash fiction.

    • m abdullah javed profile image

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Greg for an interesting write. Flash fiction is growing fast to become an alternate source of knowledge. You did a wonderful job here, expecting more from you.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Well done! You're a good writer and thanks for the read.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you Bill. I appreciate your response. It has been awhile, but I am trying to pick the hub ball back up.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never tried flash fiction, but I admire those who can do it. Well done, Greg. You've obviously got a talent for this if you did it that quickly.


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