‘Dan,’ she called urgently in a hushed whisper. Dan turned and saw Amy beckoning him.

He stepped back from the tour group. ‘What is it?’

‘Stand in front of us.’


‘Just stand in front of us. Look what she did now.’

Dan peered round Amy. Their daughter, Chloe, grinned at him. ‘She didn’t.’

‘Oh, yes she did.’

Next to the six-thousand year old Native American cave drawings was a freshly etched picture of a tall stickman.

Dan squinted. ‘Is that a spaceship?’

‘Does it matter what it is?’

‘It’s very creative.’

‘Cover me.’ Amy took out a pack of baby wipes.

‘That’s not going to work,’ Dan said.

‘You have a better idea?’

‘You’re making it worse, You’re just smudging it.’

‘Forget it, let’s just go.’

‘We have to follow the tour group.’

‘Dan, I am telling you. Let’s go.’

Amy dragged their daughter away. ‘Next year, can we please just take her to Disneyland.’

Dan backed away after them.

Chloe smiled as they broke into a run. Next year’s holiday was looking better.


Copyright @any1mark66

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around 150 – 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

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34 responses to “CAVE ART”

  1. Disneyland might be a safer bet. Great story!

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  2. Grear read today! 😀

    And ah all those times I regretted being overly obedient as a kid, and missing out on so many opportunities to leave a mark of my presence on ancient artefacts :”)

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    1. Ha, probably best that you didn’t leave your mark! Thank you.

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      1. True, but a kid can dream! 😀

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  3. Makes me wonder what percentage historically significant artifacts exists due to a lack of parental supervision. 🙂

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    1. There must be a few. Thanks Sue 🙂

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  4. You can’t hold back the creativity of today’s youth.

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    1. Best to let them express themselves 🙂

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  5. Hahahahaha! What an adorable story! Sounds like she is one smart little girl! LOL!

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    1. She knows how to get what she wants. Thanks PJ.

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  6. i thought mine was the only child who…

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    1. Haha, my experience is they are all like that, You are not alone.

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  7. Clever child, though defacing ancient artifacts is kind of frowned upon.

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    1. Ach, where’s the fun in that 🙂

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  8. Maybe she wanted to sign it, and you dragged her away 🙂

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    1. Haha, true – could be the start of her artist career.

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  9. Oh dear! I’m sure many an artwork have a child’s contribution. Loved it.

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    1. I think it adds to the value 😉

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    Children will be children🙂

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    1. And all the better for it. Thanks Michael

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  11. That explains why the figures overlap! 🙂 Nice story and Disneyland isn’t any safer they have cameras everywhere

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  12. Kids will be kids! Brilliant Iain.

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  13. A creative kid, I am sure she wont stop and do more

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  14. I can so very well relate to this one Ian! This reminded me of our trip to Istanbul with a baby in pram and a five year old tied to the apron strings!
    How I wish we should have thought of Disney at that point of time!!!

    Anagha recently posted Miles To Go…

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    1. Haha, I can just imagine you trying to take in all that culture with them 🙂


  15. Her’s could be its own artifact in a few centuries. Walls are so tempting for kids.

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    1. Especially clean, freshly painted ones!


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