Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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The Family Cat


Last year, when the cat announced to the family that she had written and submitted a short story for the National Flash Fiction Association Prize, my Grandmother spat a brussel sprout directly at Uncle Edward’s nose and bounced it into the gravy.

The rest of us just nodded and carried on with lunch.

When Grandmother pointed out that the cat had spoken and asked ‘Is that quite normal?’ we shrugged.

There wasn’t much that was normal about our family so a talking cat seemed about right in the scope of things.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I like the bit about the brussell sprout. Seems as if Grandma needs to spend a little more time with the family. They seem awfully fun.

  2. LOL’s 🙂 They sound like a family that is never surprised at the unusual. I’m shocked that the grandmother was surprised. Maybe she isn’t around them that much.

  3. gahlearner says

    Great story, I love the bizarre family. Grandma seems to be a bit out of the loop.

  4. Cute story. I really enjoyed it. Having just been with my family for a Christmas celebration, I don’t think a talking cat is so unusual. What is ‘normal’ anyway?

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