Decision Time

March 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm 34 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 March 2020

 Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

 
As coronavirus continued to spread, villagers were ordered to stay home. Panic buying at local stores ensued causing empty shelves of food and other necessities.

“Mommy, I’m hungry,” little Enya cried. It broke Sara’s heart. It was something that a mother didn’t want to hear.

For a while now, they had subsisted on dried fruits and potatoes that ultimately ran out.

Looking outside, Sara saw her daughter’s pet chicken roaming in the yard with nary a care in the world.

Will it save the day for her family? Sara asked herself. It was a question she needed to settle soon.

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  • 1. The Writer's Village  |  March 4, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Poor little chick-a-dee.

    Randy

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 4, 2020 at 10:37 pm

      randy:

      unfortunately, the writing’s on the wall.

      Reply
  • 3. Violet Lentz  |  March 5, 2020 at 4:26 am

    A mothers dilemma. Well told!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      violet:

      under the circumstances, what other choice did she really have?

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  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  March 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Sad day for the chicken, but needs must.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 5, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      iain:

      sadly, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.

      Reply
  • 7. msjadeli  |  March 5, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I hope she makes the chicken’s death a quick one, and her daughter is nowhere around when it happens 😦

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 6, 2020 at 9:22 am

      msjadeli:

      mom will make sure of that for her daughter’s sake.

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      • 9. msjadeli  |  March 6, 2020 at 12:36 pm

        Good. I hope they find more food soon. One chicken can only go so far…

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        • 10. plaridel  |  March 7, 2020 at 9:32 am

          msjadeli:

          hope springs eternal.

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  • 11. draliman  |  March 5, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    Uh oh. Looks like Chickie’s about to make the ultimate sacrifice…

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    • 12. plaridel  |  March 6, 2020 at 9:21 am

      draliman:

      its fate was sealed.

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  • 13. Susan A Eames  |  March 6, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Oops, poor chook, but needs must. Nicely done, plaridel.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 6, 2020 at 9:24 am

      susan:

      sadly, mom didn’t have any other choice.

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  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 6, 2020 at 3:30 am

    I fear the chicken’s going to be unplucky. Great take plaridel.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  March 6, 2020 at 9:18 am

      keith:

      when the daughter comes looking for her pet, mom could just say it went to heaven.

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  • 17. ceayr  |  March 6, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Maybe when they pull the wishbone things will get better.
    (But not for the chicken obviously!)

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    • 18. plaridel  |  March 6, 2020 at 9:17 am

      ceayr:

      best thing they could do under the circumstances.

      Reply
  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  March 6, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I’m glad it’s a pet chicken and not a puppy. Well done. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to this.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 20. plaridel  |  March 7, 2020 at 9:32 am

      rochelle:

      if it was a puppy, it would have tasted horrible.

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  • 21. susanmehr  |  March 6, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Oh well, what do you do? Well penned.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  March 7, 2020 at 9:32 am

      susan:

      i know. thank you. i appreciate the comment very much.

      Reply
  • 23. michaelwynnauthor  |  March 7, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Oh dear, I think she already knows the answer to the question.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  March 7, 2020 at 9:31 am

      mick:

      sadly, she does.

      Reply
  • 25. Liz Young  |  March 7, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Chicken’s days are numbered, I fear!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  March 7, 2020 at 9:30 am

      liz:

      no, i’m afraid it’s minutes are numbered.

      Reply
  • 27. Brenda's Thoughts  |  March 7, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    A mother’s dilema, but not a tough one. I think the chicken will lose for the sake of her daughter. She should make soup and stretch it for a couple of days. Moving story, especially in light of current events.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  March 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      brenda:

      making soup would be an excellent idea.

      Reply
  • 29. pennygadd51  |  March 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    A good attempt to make hunger and deprivation a bit more real for those of us in the west. You’ve written it well.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  March 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      penny:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 31. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  March 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    My mother had to eat her pet rabbits during the war… and she also got a nice winter coat

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    • 32. plaridel  |  March 9, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      björn:

      i don’t think she had any other choice.

      Reply
  • 33. Mike  |  March 10, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Your story is very akin to one in my extended family, when times where hard after the war. No one could bring themselves to kill the chicken, so a battle hardened soldier had to do the deed.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 9:36 am

      mike:

      it must be tough even for battle hardened soldier.

      Reply

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