Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – A Mother’s Dilemma by Sally Cronin

A tough challenge this week from Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills 

Following on from a wonderful post about Charli’s daughter and her life of adventure on a number of Norwegian arctic islands… it is a trifle cold there.. and encounters with mammals who are struggling to survive the loss of ice and change in their environment are becoming more frequent.

The challenge was to write 99 words (no more, no less) about disappearing ice….

A mother’s dilemma…

My cubs and I swim further each day between melting ice floes. Some are only strong enough to carry the weight of my babies as they rest, at the limit of their strength. The seals that I hunt are also disappearing without a safe place to gather between fishing. I need to eat soon if we are all to survive. I may have to return to land and into the world of humans. Their waste food may be our only chance. They fear and hate my kind and there is great risk. But soon I will have no choice.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in the challenge.. please head over to and enjoy the post from Charli too..

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews:

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my story….thanks Sally.

33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – A Mother’s Dilemma by Sally Cronin

  1. Oh Sal, that was so tragically sad, yet so eloquently written in true Sal style. And as soon as I saw the bear image, I knew what was coming, and had to chuckle because I was thinking of hopping on to this challenge yesterday and the same topic came to mind! Ya, I’ll pick something else. lol great minds! ❤ xx

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