Small Steps

Hoarding began when he researched, on a whim, his favourite childhood holidays. The pair of four-hour flights alone drained nearly all his annual carbon footprint allowance. Each trip itself had lasted a mere fortnight, maximum.

He’d shuddered, then investigated more. The eating would be hardest, meat and dairy being his favourite groups in the food pyramid…

He tried his best. Hopefully, the netting from chocolate coins would twist together, one day, into bird feeders. In good weather, he tended a new vegetable patch. On rainy days, he spent hours with search engines that used ad revenue to plant trees.


This is my response to the Carrot Ranch Weekly Flash Fiction Challenge: exactly 99 words (excluding title), inspired by a given prompt.

From 23/7/20 to 28/7/20, the prompt is: ‘In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to show what it is to protect nature around us. It can be set in any era or told in any genre. You can fictionalize a true story or completely make it up. Go where the prompt leads!’

To read more responses to this prompt (by a range of wonderful writers!), go to: https://carrotranch.com/2020/07/30/protect-nature-around-us/


For those interested, the search engines mentioned in my story were inspired by Ecosia. [I don’t currently earn anything from adverts, links etc. – I’d just like to share my interest in/love for these things. I hope you enjoy them too!]


Image by E.A. Colquitt

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