FFftPP – Buckley

The given sentence is: Stop saying ‘It’s just the circle of life’…” (Please use this sentence (or this thought) somewhere in your flash).


I had saved the baby ducks from the gutter and later that day, this ol' fox came and ate one of the babies. He ate Buckley!

Dad tells me, “Son, it's just the circle of life.”

“No!” I screamed, “Stop saying that!” And I burst into tears at the memory of Buckley hanging from the jaws of the ol' fox.

We kids don't understand that “circle of life stuff.” All we know is how we feel. And, it hurt me to the bone when this horrible thing happened. I couldn't protect Buckley.

That was twenty years ago. I understand the circle of life now. I understand it is just nature. It doesn't make me feel any better about Buckley, but I understand it.

Dadgumit! Buckley was my favorite little duckling.


Image credit: Pixabay.com

This is my 130 word submission for the flash fiction, Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, hosted by Roger Ship. We are given the first sentence (which we can use in context or use something similar to the given sentence), plus approximately 200 words and a photo prompt, with which we are to use to create our stories.

Everyone is invited to participate, for more information, click here.

To read other stories submitted for this challenge, click here.



76 thoughts on “FFftPP – Buckley

  1. Beautifully written! What an important truth you’ve expressed: just because we understand the circle of life doesn’t mean we stop feeling sad in the face of death.

  2. Yikes! Was this based off real-life experience? I had a similar experience with a baby bird kicked out of the nest at a trip to help out at a Mexican orphanage in high school. The kids kept saying ‘morto’ and making killing sounds and chopping motions with their hands but I looked at this featherless ugly baby bird and I couldn’t kill him even though he was dying. Luckily, my Dad was on the trip and did the duty of dispensing with bird. Sad story, you tell it well.

  3. Poor Buckley! We just were looking at chicks the other day and were wanting some for they look so cute and fuzzy. Good story!

  4. Oh yes. I think a lot of us have similar memories, of ducks, hamsters, budgies or other pets. An enjoyable read!

  5. What an imaginative story and well done on creating a story around those lines. Poor Buckley!!
    The best line is “Dadgumit” or word I guess I should say…I love it!! 🙂 xo

  6. Aww.. this is heartbreaking and sad. 😦 To a child’s eye, life is fair, kind, and happy. I hope life doesn’t give him such a hard time.

        • Thank you, Maria! It is good that he learned the lesson but it doesn’t take away the hurt of watching it happen. Heck, even at my age, things like that devastate me! 😀

          • No, I didn’t experience the same thing. I know how I would feel if I were to see it happen. I have seen my cat catch plenty of birds that I wasn’t able to save because it was too late. 😦 I tried to explain to her that she didn’t have to catch her food because I would feed her and not let her go hungry but she didn’t listen). 😀

          • Aww.. poor birds! 😦 So your cat still continued chasing after birds? This remind me of our dogs, one time they were chasing after chicken & chicks. On some mornings, we’ll find the leftovers of mangled chicken parts and intestines. Too mean. I ended up calling them Murd (for murdere) and Kler (for killer). *sigh*

          • Oh yes! She continued to chase after birds and catching them. But after I saved that little hummingbird (and didn’t eat it) she never “gifted” me any of her catches anymore.

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