1st or 9th ?

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with:  “Now this is living the life of Riley.”

Content. Without a care in the world. With no worry about tomorrow. Pop some kittens when the urge hits and go on napping.

No need to run the kittens around to football for measly college scholarships. No need to stand on the sidelines  worrying about concussions  or ruptured spleens…like humans.  Why worry when you can drop another litter of 4 or 5 to replace that one lost?

No decision to mull around on whether to push kitty to do the ACT or the new SAT. No need to worry about college essays,  college admissions, grades, drugs, rape-culture.

Most importantly no need to keep with the achievements of the kitten’s next door. No pressure.

And if this life get screwed up ….there’s 8 more to go. Although this could be the 9th …. in that case there’s nothing to be done anyway …so why stress?

If you have a choice : Live like Riley

Note: Riley is the cat sleeping upside down contentedly.

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The about 150 word  story above was in response to ‘Monday’s finish the story’ flash fiction challenge. This unique flash fiction challenge  provides  a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. The challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Details are available here:


For other interesting takes on the same prompt click the blue frog below:


12 responses to “1st or 9th ?

  1. Yes having nine lives is a bonus


  2. I’m not sure I approve of Riley’s approach to kitten-rearing! Sounds like the life of a typical cat, though 🙂


  3. LOL! “Pop some kittens when the urge hits and keep on napping.” Haha! Cute story! It is true, cat’s always seem so content.


  4. This is good. I get the message. Don’t sweat it!


  5. ‘Most importantly no need to keep with the achievements of the kitten’s next door. No pressure.’ Loved this line. We often sweat the unnecessary.


  6. Why stress? Great line Ansumani! Thank you for participating in the Mondays Finish the Story challenge. I appreciate your contribution. Be well… ^..^


  7. Riley is probably a typical cat. In a sheltered home, there’s no need to grow up a she grows older. Someone else will take the responibility. Good story, well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


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