The world was colorful and happy. Except for Griswald.

Griswald lived in the gray forest and liked it like this. He didn’t care about colors and happiness. For him the entire world could be gray. But that was not really his problem. As long as people didn’t bother him, he would keep quiet on his isolated, gray and sad world.

One day, a group of kindergarteners come with their teacher and a few chaperone parents to the forest and plant some colorful flowers, in an attempt to make it brighter and prettier.

When Griswald sees the pretty flowers he gets enraged and swears vengeance.

For the next few months he makes himself busy building some sort of gadget. Then, on a beautiful sunny spring day, the gadget is finally ready to be used.

It looks like a regular car, all gray just like him. He starts the car and drives towards town. But as he drives, the car steals all the colors around and makes the rest of the world as gray as Griswald forest.


This story was written in response to this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers with photo prompt from pixabay, and contains 175 words.

To see other stories inspired by the same picture, click the blue frog below:


ThirdEyeMom’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Colors

Due to a delay on the official WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, Nicole, from ThirdEyeMom, decided to post her own theme, and it’s Colors.

So here’s a picture of one of the most colorful spots in my house:

Colorful artwork by W. Lima

When we moved into this house 6 years ago and saw that huge rectangular spot above the fireplace, I realized I didn’t have anything to hang in there that had a matching size. My biggest picture was too big for it, as it was a 3 x 3 feet square, and all the others would be too small. So I decided to buy something new, but one thing that was not flexible about was that I wanted something very colorful.

I found a painter I liked in the Novica website, W. Lima, but looking at his bio, I found out that he also sells his artwork at the Ipanema Art Fair in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. So I contacted my family and my brother was kind enough to volunteer to visit the fair and buy me one of his artworks, directly from the source. And he bought this one, which I absolutely love.

But because the aspect ratio was not exactly the same as of the spot I had, I decided to complement it by placing some very colorful sculpures by Mestre Vitalino at the fireplace mantel, right below it.

And the combination of them was what made this spot so colorful.