This is my response to the Friday Fictioneers prompt for July 18. The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt. Play along by writing your own, reading others and/or commenting on the flashes we fictioneers create. My piece this week weighs in at exactly 100 words.

July 18

Copyright Adam Ickes


When Tamika asked if she could bring her kid on “bring your child to work” day, I responded positively. She hadn’t stopped talking about Aries since she started working for me, and I wanted to meet him.

On the big day, a commotion arose in the lobby. Hearing Tamika shriek, “Ashley said I could bring him!” I rushed into the room.

Aries, it turned out, was a pygmy goat. My boss looked my direction, and I knew I had some explaining to do. Since Tamika had never shown me a picture of Aries, plausible deniability would be my golden fleece.