Pelecanus Colossus

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 thoughts on “Pelecanus Colossus

  1. 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 🙂


  2. 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!


    • Yay!

      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. 😉


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