Friday Fictioneers – Another Grapevine

My second story for Friday Fictioneers (a day late, I know) and this time I managed 100 words 🙂  Enjoy!

Sappy, oozing stuff bubbles out from the battered branches. A tiny face leans in to look. A pudgy finger pokes it. It wibbles and wobbles. The boy’s mouth opens into a broad toothless grin. A giggle erupts from his very bowels. He teeters and totters as he starts to fall. He reaches for the branches. They give way under the strain and he comes down with a thump. His face creases into a wail. He opens his chubby little hand and lets out a roar of laughter.  A blob of the oozy stuff froths amongst the bits on his palm.

Copyright  ©  040812 by Karen Payze

The idea behind Friday Fictioneers is that you submit a 100 word flash fiction story associated with the picture challenge added the previous Wednesday. You can read the other submissions this week on Madison’s Blog here: There is also a Facebook Page too specially for Friday Fictioneers and you can find it here:

If you’d like to know the rules then this is the page to



  1. Curious little toddler. Hope Mom’s nearby with a wash cloth. Sweet story out of questionable goo.

    • Haha indeed 🙂 Thanks!

  2. you have turned this into the joy of discovery — nicely done

    • Thanks 🙂

  3. To be young again and without fear. Nicely done.
    I am in the list.

    • Thanks, I will go check yours out now 🙂

  4. What a happy, lighthearted piece. Great job!

    • Thank you very much 😀

  5. Life seen through the eyes of a child, what a fun romp. Well done.

    • Thank you 🙂

  6. I was waiting for the horror to begin… A nice story instead. Well done.

    • Thanks 😀

  7. I think yours is the only one I’ve read so far that has absolutely no horror except for that which the reader might imbue himself in empathy. Nothing is gross or nasty to a toddler, that’s for sure!

    • Indeed! Little ones seem to like anything that is gooey or otherwise gross 🙂

  8. I like the onomatopoeia, the teetering and tottering, wibbling and wobbling, the froth, the ooze

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