Challenge Accepted

Copyright-John Nixon

Hey Riley, betcha can’t make it to the top.”

Just watch me!”

Wrapping my fingers around the first branch, I dig my shoes into the jagged trunk. The bark crackles and the limbs creak as I defy gravity, nearing the peak.

Finally to the point where the bending branches refuse to support my weight, I look down for Bobby’s acknowledgment of my feat. Though, his dropped jaw expresses panic, not admiration.

Look out!”

My head snaps to the branch above me. No sooner do I see the lively nest than the eagle dive-bombs toward my head.

***This is my submission for Friday Ficioneers, hosted by the wonderfully inspiring, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week, I was able to keep my story to 96 words! This isn’t one of my better pieces, but I wanted to write a lighter story, for a change. However, I definitely find more enjoyment and ease in writing morbid pieces! Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to check out the other submissions!




52 thoughts on “Challenge Accepted

    • Jim,
      I greatly appreciate your reading and thoughtful comment! I agree with the abundance of surprises in life! Though, I think I’d rather meet them with my feet on the ground, rather than up in a tree!

      My sincerest gratitude,


  1. It’s called the wilderness for a reason. I remember just such adventures as a girl. I’ve was dive bombed by a robin protecting its nest. An Eagle is a bigger problem for sure.


  2. Adelie, being attacked by any bird while hanging on a branch would be bad enough, but a bird the size of an eagle would be terrifying as well as probably ending badly. Not sure they’d be likely to be climbing in a tree where eagles nest, but hey, it’s fiction, right. A hawk would be scary enough and they’re all over.



  3. Ouch* I love the pace of the story, just when you’re feeling accomplished lol. Nice take on the prompt here, I enjoyed it 🙂


    • I’m sincerely grateful that you took the time to read and comment. I agree with you; however, I might rather fall down a tree than hang on for dear life as an eagle claws my eyes out! 🙂


  4. Loved this! Climbing trees was one of my favorite things growing up. I STILL look at a lovely climbing tree as a challenge. The last time I climbed one was a few years ago on campus at university. I still got it! 😀 Love your work.


  5. Eeps!I have been attacked by a crow-not realising it had it’s nest nearby on window sill-not on a tree though but by God it was scary and it hurt! Loved this story,Adelie-kids are so fearless-we were too 🙂


  6. Dear Adelie,

    What is it about the shortened form that has some of us constantly going to the dark side?

    With my fear of heights you’d never have found me climbing a tree as a kid. Then to be dive bombed by an eagle? Good story, though. I enjoyed it. I could hear and see these two boys. Well done.




    • Oh, thank you so much for reading and for the encouraging words! I’ve definitely come to love FF. I get to read the work of so many interesting and talented writers (such as yourself) and get to improve my skills! 😀


  7. Good writing – very enjoyable! Boys will be boys, but if this kid lives, he will have a story to tell to his grandchildren! All of the feathered beings protect their young. Good job! Nan 🙂


    • Hello, Nan! Thank you so much for reading and for the delightful comment. I do believe the boy made it out ok, with the exception of chronic Ornithophobia. Though, I read there’s a six step process on wikihow to get rid of his fear of birds…so I think he’ll be fine! 😛 Thanks, again!


  8. Every single time I read your fiction I get that much more eager to dabble in it!

    I assume I am hesitant because I am so picky about the fiction I actually read – I like your type of writing, the description is wonderful. Paints a picture, which is exactly what fiction should do.


    • Well then, I better write some more fiction so that I can have the chance to read yours! I was hesitant for quite some time as well, but I’ve found that prompts can really help get the ball rolling…and the 100 word limit makes it less daunting. It sounds odd, but sometimes it’s easier to express myself through the stories of others. So, I think you need to just dive right in there- I know it’ll be awesome! 😀


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