Flash Fiction #255

Ted Strutz


When a younger lion runs off an alpha male, he often eats any cubs.

Young Michael came to work one month-end Friday, looking quite morose.  His divorced mother had remarried a year ago.  As he got ready for work, his step-father said to him, “Give me your house-key.  I’ve sold the place.  We’re moving today, and not telling you where we’re going.  We’ll leave your belongings on the porch.

I’ve heard of kids running away from home.  This was the only time I heard of Home running away from a kid.

Schwarzenegger played Mister Freeze, but this guy was COLD!   👿


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22 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #255

  1. Rivergirl says:

    Poor Michael. I’ve heard of pulling out the rug from someone, but the whole house? That IS cold.

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  2. Bear says:

    Ouch. That is a mighty cruel situation. Great story.

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  3. James McEwan says:

    Kinda mean, I wonder if his mother will stick with him.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      No. She quietly, obediently, abusedly, went along with the new alpha. I never heard whether he ever found them. There were a younger brother and sister, about 8 and 10, but the 19-year-old, who might challenge the new boss, was out. 😛

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  4. athling2001 says:

    How sad. I hope things worrk out for him.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      The young man this is based on, spent a desperate day finding a place to spend a couple of weeks couch-surfing. He had a job, and eventually housing, and friends – just no family. While he would miss them, he was probably safer not being near the ogre. 😦


  5. ahtdoucette says:

    That is ice cold! Well told.

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  6. GHLearner says:

    That is freezing. And mum says nothing? Maybe Michael is better off without them. Good story.

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  7. msjadeli says:

    Excellent storytelling. I was getting worried there for a minute…


  8. granonine says:

    I wonder if Michael’s mother had anything to say about it. Or perhaps Michael was old enough that he should have moved out long ago, and this was the only way to make him do it.


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