Unrequited love

(100-word flash fiction)

The toad was heart-broken. He had spent the summer, belting out the most melodious croaks, while she remained unmoved. All his mates had spawned families that were frolicking in gay abandon, while he mooned over this divine other-worldly creature.

Not surprisingly, he was the talk of the entire pond. Toad families came to gaze at him even as he gazed at his loved one, quite lost in the throes of love. Poetic toads were even writing ballads about his unrequited love.

Finally, his mother arrived, took one look and gagged in incredulity, β€œHow can you have toadlets with a lotus?”


Wanted to stay clear of seriousness, as there is too much of it in the real world. Much love to Rochelle for hosting the wonderfully eclectic Friday Fictioneers. πŸ™‚

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

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62 comments on “Unrequited love

  1. Excellent! I was looking for something a little froggy but couldn’t find it. Glad the idea spawned in you instead.

  2. Thanks so much for this wonderful, funny story which reads like an enchanted Aesop’s Fable. I thought he was going to fall in love with one of those big plastic croaking frogs that have some kind of sensor and croak when someone walks past. Your end was even better and totally unexpected and I can just hear his mother thinking about grandchildren and saying: β€œHow can you have toadlets with a lotus?”
    Best wishes,

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