FFftPP : How the crocodile got his smile




They were the length of my palm back then, scales soft as Grandma’s jowls. They’d walk along my arms, claws tickling. In the sunlight, they glowed emerald, an iridescent flash as their tails curved against the sway of their bodies.

I was okay with them eating worms and slugs plucked from the veg patch – even the crickets that were daft enough to hop into their garden cage. It was only nature after all.

Then one day I found them draped in cloaks of lapis velvet. For a moment I was caught by the beauty of shimmering blue against the green. Then the gears jumped in my head and I saw – a butterfly. They were eating the most exquisite blue butterfly, frail wings shuddering in their jaws in a sickening imitation of flight.

They mewed as I opened the cage, cried out as I threw them into the river. They called in the night but I pulled the pillow around my head.

Now they’re back, grown beautiful and monstrous. They bask in the garden, trample the peas, pull down the bean canes.

They’re waiting for me.

Through my terror I know – it’s only nature.


For Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practioner. See the pic and include or allude to the sentence – this week It was instinct. I just let go of them- and write a story in 200 words. See here to join the fun.

13 thoughts on “FFftPP : How the crocodile got his smile

  1. … were eating the most exquisite blue butterfly, frail wings shuddering in their jaws in a sickening imitation of flight.

    Wow. Frightening imagery 😦
    Great writing – do keep it up

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  2. First – scales soft as Grandma’s jowls.. I love that.

    The way you drew the story along with your lovely descriptive writing making it seem like it was going to be a rather benign tale and then hitting us with the horror at the end was brilliant. For some reason, it reminded me of Poe. You did such an excellent job with this, Lynn.

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    1. Thank you so much! I take that as an enormous compliment, knowing how much you enjoy the dark side of the imagination 🙂 Thanks for reading


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