Microcosms 24

Dear all, this week our guest host is FlashDog stalwart Sal Page. She has gone beyond the realms of her daily pool report and invited you to join her in her watery kingdom so without further ado, take it away Sal:


Water. What would we do without it? Die, that’s what. And it wouldn’t take long either.

I LOVE water in all its many forms. Well, (see what I did there?) who doesn’t? Everyone knows I like swimming in it (even managed to convince myself) and it’s nearly six years since I moved to a different part of the country to live by the sea. I love drinking it too, though now I’m fifty, I really should do the tea-coffee-wine-beer-gin thing like the grown-ups do. Nah!
But it’s all water, isn’t it? And so are we. Not quite all but a high percentage. Sixty, is it? Surprised we have room for all the other stuff.

My chosen characters all have water-related jobs and my settings are extremely watery too. The two photos are for inspiration only or in case you can’t think what water looks like. Thanks to Faith Cobaine – taking photos of pools in various parts of the world so I don’t have to – for the picture of the fabulous Munich swimming pool. And the jug’s my own.

So, I want your finest, funniest, scariest and wettest water-themed flashes.

‘Wetter than a haddock’s bathing costume’, Blackadder the Third.

(Unless that isn’t a good thing.)



As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Florist, setting: Iceberg, and genre: Mystery.

Feel free to write a story using those or spin a new set of your own. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.


  • Plumber
  • Fisherman
  • Fire Fighter
  • Marine Biologist
  • Life Guard
  • Weather Forecaster
  • Florist
  • Pub Landlord
  • Gardener
  • Water Diviner
  • Bath
  • The Sea
  • Swimming Pool
  • Toilet
  • Iceberg
  • Bucket
  • Rain Cloud
  • Waterfall
  • River
  • Well
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week is CR Smith

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit.


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