The Little Boy and the Geese

July 31, 2019 at 9:11 am 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 August 2019

How The Story Came About
I started by imagining the plane as a symbol of escape for a homeless person stuck on the island. He saw a flock of geese and wished he had wings like them so he could fly and get out of there. Then I thought of a little boy harassing the geese to add more flavor to the mix. Darn, it was tough to fit everything in 100 words. After editing and reediting, the story took flight on its own with the plane disappearing from sight. πŸ™‚

Ted Strutz
Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

A homeless man was on the shore watching a flock of geese minding their own business.

Out of nowhere, a little boy started hitting them with a stick.

β€œStop it,” the homeless man yelled as the geese scampered away in terror. β€œThey don’t mean any harm.”

But the boy kept chasing them until he slipped. It was then that one of the geese attacked him. Others joined in the fray.

β€œWhy didn’t you intervene?” the police officer asked. “You could have saved him.”

The boy asked for it, the homeless man wanted to say, but he kept his mouth shut.

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42 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dale  |  July 31, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Karma was swift in this case.

    • 2. plaridel  |  July 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm


      true indeed.

  • 3. Susan A Eames  |  July 31, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Ah, a tale with a moral. Nicely done, although I couldn’t see a connection to the photo.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    • 4. plaridel  |  July 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm


      the shore on the background and the imagined presence of a homeless person and a flock of geese there provided the inspiration for the story.

  • 5. bearmkwa  |  July 31, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve watched the kids tease the geese at our complex, then cackled with laughter when the geese turned tail and chased them. I’ve warned them over and over to leave the geese and their babies alone… didn’t listen… learned the lesson… happens every spring, new kids-same geese! LOL!

    • 6. plaridel  |  July 31, 2019 at 2:17 pm


      i guess kids will always be kids. they need supervision. πŸ™‚

      • 7. bearmkwa  |  August 1, 2019 at 5:29 am

        Yes, they do. They also need to learn that there are consequences for their actions.

        • 8. plaridel  |  August 1, 2019 at 8:51 am


          i totally agree.

  • 9. Iain Kelly  |  July 31, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I’m not sure about the homeless man’s reasoning here. Perhaps there was a kinder way to teach the boy a lesson!

    • 10. plaridel  |  July 31, 2019 at 2:16 pm


      i think the homeless man had found affinity for the geese in a way. that could be the explanation for his reasoning.

  • 11. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  July 31, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Killed by Geese? Has this happened, I know they are vicious,and i’m trying hard to believe this! This is a good piece

  • 15. msjadeli  |  July 31, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    The homeless man is kind-hearted but understands the law doesn’t look kindly on the homeless and might try to blame him if he interfered. Better to allow eye-for-an-eye justice than to land in jail or worse. Complicated and well-spun story. I appreciate the “story genesis” as well, Plaridel.

    • 16. plaridel  |  August 1, 2019 at 8:53 am


      your point exactly. thanks for your generous comment.

      • 17. msjadeli  |  August 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm

        You are very welcome, Plaridel.

        • 18. plaridel  |  August 2, 2019 at 8:51 am



  • 19. Dawn M. Miller  |  July 31, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Karma rules!

    • 20. plaridel  |  August 1, 2019 at 8:52 am


      yes, it always does.

  • 21. anuragbakhshi  |  July 31, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    At least someone got what he deserved!

    • 22. plaridel  |  August 1, 2019 at 8:52 am


      it was unfortunate, but justice was served.

  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  August 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    The kid definitely needed to be chastised and certainly did ask for him. I only hope the attack wasn’t fatal. nice job of editing.



    • 24. plaridel  |  August 2, 2019 at 8:51 am


      thank you for the compliment. much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  • 25. draliman  |  August 1, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Anyone stupid enough to attack geese deserves everything they get.

    Ooh, no, I meant to say, poor little kid πŸ˜‰

    • 26. plaridel  |  August 2, 2019 at 8:51 am


      you bet he learned his lesson. πŸ™‚

  • 27. Abhijit Ray  |  August 2, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I think it served the cruel boy devoid of compassion right.

    • 28. plaridel  |  August 2, 2019 at 8:50 am


      it was harsh but the boy probably deserved it.

  • 29. Keith's Ramblings  |  August 2, 2019 at 2:04 am

    I got chased by some geese once – no one came to my rescue either! I got my own back by having goose for Christmas lunch that year!

    My tale – ‘Plane sailing!’

    • 30. plaridel  |  August 2, 2019 at 8:50 am


      oh my, that was funny. πŸ™‚

  • 31. patriciaruthsusan  |  August 2, 2019 at 5:22 am

    A good story with a stern moral, Plaridel. I had a goose chase me one time. They can be nasty. —- Suzanne

    • 32. plaridel  |  August 2, 2019 at 8:50 am


      i understand they can be agressive when provoked. πŸ™‚

  • 33. granonine  |  August 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Oh my. I was NOT expecting that! Geese can be pretty vicious if they’re aggravated. This little boy paid dearly for his unkindness.

    • 34. plaridel  |  August 4, 2019 at 8:01 am


      hopeully, he learned his lessons well.

  • 35. Alicia Jamtaas  |  August 2, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    A cautionary tale well told. I was pleased that the homeless man wasn’t charged for anything. Kudos.

    • 36. plaridel  |  August 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated.

  • 37. Tannille  |  August 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Although it’s sad because kids do dumb things. Life is about learning. Then again he may have grown up to be a serial killer (most tortured animals as children).

    • 38. plaridel  |  August 4, 2019 at 8:00 am


      serial killers do start young indeed.

  • 39. lisarey1990  |  August 3, 2019 at 8:29 am

    This is a very complex story. I can get the homeless man’s POV. I couldn’t let the kid be hurt but then the boy wasn’t too worried about the geese who were doing nothing to him. The geese had to stand up for themselves. You have written a great story with a great dilemma here and highlighted the animal cruelty from humans that is sadly still a huge part of our world. A brilliant write.

    • 40. plaridel  |  August 4, 2019 at 7:59 am


      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

  • 41. Nan Falkner  |  August 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Even if the kid deserved it, you still take a human over geese. WOW – interesting and gosh – I can’t get this out of my head! The kid needed guidance for sure;

    • 42. plaridel  |  August 4, 2019 at 7:58 am


      sadly, it didn’t happen in this case.


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