Pelecanus Colossus

30 Sep

It’s #FlashFriday again, and the #FridayFictioneers are writing stories in 100 words or less!  You, too, can participate or even check out some of the other participants’ stories at Madison Woods’ blog, if you’d like.

Okay, so here is Madison’s inspiration photo for this week, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be used:

And here is my story!  (100 words, again.)


Pelecanus Colossus

Lois paused along the riverbed, noticing a group of ducks wading in the shallow water.  Feathers dotted the path before her, though further ahead the pebbles were blanketed with them.  Hundreds maybe.

“That…can’t be good.”

A broad shadow then swept over the area.  Ducks scattered into the air as a colossal pelican swooped down, scooping up a mouthful of the slowest.

He settled onto the pebbles, ingesting his meal whole before eyeing Lois.

She swore it was grinning.

“Nice birdie…”

It gave a harrowing, hair-ripping shriek.

Lois’ eyes bulged.  “That is not natural.”

When it darted towards her, she ran.



21 Responses to “Pelecanus Colossus”

  1. J. P. Cabit September 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM #

    😮 That’s unsettling!!!!


    • Tiyana September 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM #

      Yay! That’s partly what I was going for, lol.


  2. T. S. Bazelli September 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM #

    Oh that made me burst out laughing! You had me at the title LOL


    • Limed Out September 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM #

      Lois is pretty fabulous.


      • Tiyana September 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

        Thanks! What makes you think so?


    • Tiyana September 30, 2011 at 11:12 AM #

      Haha, glad you enjoyed it, Theresa. 🙂


  3. Stephen A. Watkins September 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM #

    A Pelican Roc?


    • Tiyana September 30, 2011 at 11:14 AM #

      You know, I’d never heard of a roc before, but after looking it up…yeah, I guess so!


      • Stephen A. Watkins September 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM #

        Really? Never heard of a roc? Interesting. Sometimes you think a bit of folklore is pretty much ubiquitous… and then you find out it’s not.


  4. Madison Woods September 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM #

    I am amazed at how you’ve managed to make something so absurd be sooooo scary! But you did, and I would have run from the giant pelican, too, hahaha. Jurrasic Park scared me too, lol.

    We FridayFictioneers are having a great run at 100 words today, aren’t we? So glad you’re one of our founding members and I hope to see you next Friday too 🙂


    • Tiyana September 30, 2011 at 6:38 PM #

      We sure are! It’s been a blast so far.

      Glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂


  5. deshipley September 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM #

    My favorite Lois flash to date. Her reaction to the pelecanus colossus (love the name) struck me as particularly astute; sometimes you just gotta know when to call a spade an unnatural spade and run!


    • Tiyana September 30, 2011 at 6:53 PM #


      You know, I’ll tell you one of my dark secrets, hehe: sometimes I’ll use humor if I’m uncertain about something…like whether pelicans actually shriek, lol. (I realized I actually have no idea what they sound like or if they even make a distinctive sound, and I couldn’t find any good sound samples!)

      In any case, Pelecanus Colossus surely does. 😉


  6. susielindau September 30, 2011 at 10:10 PM #

    Run Lois Run!!!!! I like how the birds “dotted” the path. Very similar to the stones in that they are non-descript until Lois!!!!


    • Tiyana October 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM #

      Yeah! They’re all just part of the background, in a way, leading up to Lois’ shock at what she finds.

      Thanks for reading, Susie!


  7. dmmacilroy October 1, 2011 at 5:44 AM #


    Here is the best line of all. “Nice birdie.” Oh, how that line made your whole story. Perfect, perfect, perfect.




  8. John Wiswell October 1, 2011 at 6:34 AM #

    Aww, I enjoyed her cute responses to such ominous circumstances.


    • Tiyana October 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM #

      Hehe. Thanks for reading, John!


  9. Jay Noel October 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM #

    Killer pelican on the loose!

    I hope Lois has her track shoes on.


    • Tiyana October 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM #

      Well, she’s more of a flip-flop kind of gal, so that might be a problem. 😛


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