Now on Tuesdays…at least for the foreseeable future…welcome to Flash Fiction Tuesday. In case you don’t know what flash fiction is, it is an extremely short story (sometimes created in 100 words or less) with a beginning, middle, and an ending.

But in my case, I write flash fiction with an open ending. I allow my readers to draw their own conclusion as to what happens. My summer camp is finally over and I was going to spend the next two days relaxing, but I’m feeling under the weather and just a little bit sucker-punched…


I woke up this morning with the mother of all headaches. Just the act of getting my head off my pillow hurt. Must have been the tequila I had last night to try and blur the memory of Elena. Crawling out of bed, I stumbled into the kitchen for some coffee and that’s when I saw him.

He was sprawled in the backyard like the life had been sucker punched right out of him and there was nothing left for him to do but wait to die. Kinda how I felt. Waiting for the coffee to brew, I looked at that little guy and actually started to feel sorry for him. What kind of squirrel drama had he gotten himself into? Some other squirrel stole his secret stash of nuts? Maybe he had lady squirrel trouble? Well it couldn’t be as bad as mine. Going out with your best friend’s girlfriend was bad enough, but when you find out she’s left your name in the suicide note…well, it makes for one ugly mess. Oh what a tangled web we weave as the old saying goes.

I don’t know about my squirrel friend, but the clock on the wall told me I was running out of time. Jason was on his way over and there would be hell to pay. Now if we both could just figure out what the heck to do before the police showed up?

Now it’s your turn. What happens next? Was the narrator’s little squirrel friend going to be able to recover from being sucker punched? Join in the fun and add a comment below…




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Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of Lunadar. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.

But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.

With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of Lunadar at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?




International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy) from Story Catcher Publishing ebook edition is now available at Amazon and other online retailers, with the print edition coming out late fall 2018.

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

One thought on “FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: Sucker Punched

  • August 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I feel sympathy for the squirrel.


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