THERE’S ALWAYS A BIGGER FISH

‘Where is he?’ Rupert was becoming hysterical.

‘I told you, he’s probably just hiding in the pirate ship, maybe he’s found some treasure.’

Hurry up Marc, she pleaded.

She could tell when Rupert was about to have one of his anxiety attacks, one of the many results of his Asperger’s.

Until now the fish had made a positive difference for Rupert, a calming, contemplative pet.

Then this morning she had found the goldfish floating at the top, on it’s side.

There were three pet shops that sold fish nearby. What was taking Marc so long?

She felt a rush of relief as she heard Marc return. ‘Come on,’ she said to Rupert, ‘let’s get breakfast. We’ll check after that.’

She gave a covert nod to Marc as she steered Rupert into the kitchen. Marc entered a moment later, giving her a discreet ‘thumbs-up’ sign.

‘Go and see if he’s come out yet,’ she suggested. Rupert headed out the room.

She breathed a sigh of relief and gave Marc a grateful kiss on the cheek. Crisis averted.

‘Mum!’ Rupert’s cried, ‘I think he’s been eaten by a bigger fish!’


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Copyright Jodi McKinney

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 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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39 responses to “THERE’S ALWAYS A BIGGER FISH”

  1. Oh I like it. Kids can’t be fooled.

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    1. He’s going to demand answers now 🙂

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  2. Oh my gosh, this is part adorable and part a little sad. I liked that you used humor and a lighter touch around the subject of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome.

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    1. Thank you Jade, I’m glad you appreciated the humour in it. So often people forget kids with Asperger’s are still kids, they can be amusing, smart characters too.

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      1. I think that’s true of a lot of kids with mental illnesses in general. People see the illness and forget that there’s still a child at the center of it.

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        1. Jade has said exactly what I wanted to say. Very well crafted.

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          1. Thank you so much Sheena 🙂

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  3. So it’s true. Size does matter!

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    1. In some areas, apparently!

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  4. Oh what a tangled net we weave…!

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    1. They will have to come up with a good explanation now!

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  5. LOL! A clever child. 🙂 Great job!

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  6. Good one, Iain. There was no fooling Rupert.

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    1. They will soon figure out he is way too smart for them!

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  7. Indeed! There is always a bigger fish.

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  9. Iain, I love this! So creative, fun, affectionate and touching. Thank you. I truly am touched. Great contribution for the weekly prompt!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Debbie 🙂

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  10. A beautiful piece of the love of a mother and father for their son. I enjoyed the ending, Rupert is quite clever.

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    1. There is no fooling him 🙂

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  11. That’s a clever twist and sad and sweet too, as Jade says. So much anxiety around structure and routine – it must be stressful for everyone. Well written Iain

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  12. I felt like a bigger fish was chasing me all day Friday as I was trying to catch up on some work. Kids are more intuitive than we allow sometimes.

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    1. Or than we wish them to be sometimes!

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  13. A well-told bittersweet tale, Iain. I bet lots of parents have tried this substitution trick, but few have got away with it.

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    1. I certainly am completely unable to fool my kids with anything!

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  14. Kids are kids no matter what level of ability. Sometimes I think those with a (dis) ability are truly more perceptive than us “normal” ones. Great job Iain

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    1. I agree completely, and I find, much more appreciative.

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  15. Uh oh uh oh, we’re in trouble…

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    1. Think of something, quick!

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  16. Rupert can observe well. He picked up the difference between old and new fish. Nicely done.

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  17. that was a very clever one.. kinds cannot be fooled. Marc should have played it smart,

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    1. Kelly is definitely going to blame Marc!

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