Gifts of the Flood

Welcome back for another flash fiction story! If you’re new to flash fiction, or to my stories, that’s a VERY short story. In this case it’s for Friday Fictioneers for 12 February 2021 and is 100-words long.

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This week, I’ve been caught in my house since Monday. The dog hasn’t had a decent walk since last Thursday (due to FREEZING cold and precip, and lately, ice), and I am going a little bit out of my mind. Not that I was tryi8ng to go anywhere anyway but getting out my door to potty my guide dog is hard right now. The world is a skating rink, minus the cool skates and costumes.

Already bad enough I’m a blind nondriver living rural with precious little access to transportation, with or without a global pandemic.

But I digress…

The Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

Photo description for my blind and visually impaired readers. I had to ask Rochelle about this. I could see train tracks that looked disconnected and green. She said it’s a piece of train track up in a tree

The Inspiration

Back in 2017, we had flooding in our Tri-Lakes area. One of the lemonades coming ou of the lemons came from situations like the one in this story.

This one is based on real life.

Genre: realistic Humor

Word count: 100

The Story: Gifts of the Flood

“Hey, Carol, I’m gonna go git that canteen.”

“What canteen, Bob?”

“The one’s floatin’ toward the house.”

“You’ll get soaked.”

“yup. Clothes’ll dry.”

“You know six inches of water could whoosh you away.”

He chuckled. “Don’t you wish?”

She dashed outside, dishcloth in hand. “I do not. Who’ll fix everything if you drown in the flood?”

“Our son.”

Grunting, Carol swatted Bob with the towel.

He grabbed a big trash bag and stepped off the porch into the flood water. The 2017 flood gave them two canteens, four lanterns, four pounds of jerky, and even a bench from Dogwood Canyon.

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Thanks for reading!

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio


Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at

5 thoughts on “Gifts of the Flood

  1. Wow! That is an awesome story! In the picture, you can barely make out the old wooden trestle, hidden by lush undergrowth of trees, vines, etc. So sorry you’re snowed in. If the weatherman is correct, that will be tomorrow night through tuesday for us… and we live in town. I kinda envy you the not having to drive element. I soooo miss my assistant doggie, though I’ve learned to get along without him… I have a human “buddy” who goes places with me and helps me with crowds and such. It’s not the same… So glad you have a doggie companion.


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