Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Chestnut

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers uses a picture prompt and asks for stories between 75-175 words.

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Inspired my story:

When I was a kid I was in love with a horse named Chestnut. Every day on my way home from school I pressed my nose up close to the school bus window just so I could catch a glimpse of him.

I never got to meet Chestnut in person, I never really knew his real name. Chestnut is the name I gave him when I was eight years old.

I would dream about Chestnut at night. I dreamt we were riding, sometimes fast so that the breeze blew my hair and cooled my neck and sometimes slow so that we could hear the birds sing to us along the trail.

In my dreams I told Chestnut all my fears and he understood and loved me anyway.

I carried a sketch pad with me wherever I went and drew pictures of Chestnut. Some of my friends made fun of me and my big sister said I lived in a dream world.

My art teacher, however said I had talent. It was all the encouragement I needed. I sold my first painting today. It was appropriately entitled “Chestnut”.

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