Friday Fictioneers: Stargazing

This week my story is written to be a campfire story fit for 5-10 year-old’s. I am going on a camping trip in a few weeks and need some campfire stories for this audience. I’d like to invite my fellow writing bloggers to help me collect some stories for my trip so I have proposed a quick challenge. You can read about my suggestion by clicking the link I Need Ghost Stories for Children. Feel free to use the prompts provided in that post or any others just leave a pingback on I Need Ghost Stories for Children so I can find it.

And now for my Friday Fictioneers contribution where each week close to 100 people participate in a flash fiction challenge based on a photo prompt.


This week’s photo: Copyright: Douglas Macllroy

Keckley was born in a small Hawaiian village. She lived with her mother and sister and never saw her father. Her mother rarely spoke of him and her sister had a different father that she saw on weekends. Keckley’s father was a scientist and lived far away. She knew he would see her if he could.

Keckley loved the stars. She spent every evening before bed gazing at the sky. Sometimes she would talk to her father. She knew he loved the stars too and even though he wasn’t there, looking at the night sky Keckley felt close to him.

62 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Stargazing

  1. This is a sweet tale, Dawn. It does seem to be a bit thin on the action. I think the kids would really love it if you expand the story into an adventure– maybe our heroine takes a trip to the Northern wilds only to find that her father is a Yeti, not a scientist.

    I like your challenge and will certainly try to concoct a tale before the weekend.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  2. My late husband used to go up on the roof and stargaze. He would do it for hours at a time. He’s been gone 18 years now. I still go outside and look at the stars and talk to him. I like this story.


  3. This is lovely. I’ll be checking out your ghost stories site. If you take along a star map, you can use your story to point out some of the easy-to-find constellations. I bet that’ll be fun for the youngsters, too.


  4. Wherever we are, whoever we are we all share the same ever-changing sky.
    Many children (and adults too) would relate to this story – simply and beautifully told.


  5. I have a granddaughter that we conceived through artificial insemination. I know it’s going to be tough growing up without a father. At least she sees Grandpa once a week.


  6. The bond between Keckley and her absent father comes through so strongly, and she’s so entranced by the stars that I think her father can only be an alien visitor. He’s watching her, too. There’s a mystery.


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