It’s Friday, and that’s Flash Fiction Day.  But I decided to go one better, and do a story for you that incorporated the title of a new blog hop, hosted by Stuck in Books, on the theme of luck.  After you’ve read it (it’s only c500 words today) there’s a rafflecopter to win a book of your choice from Book Depository up to the value of $15 including postage (and Book Depository posts free to a lot of countries).

So, something on the theme of Luck.  Given this is sandwiched between the two Friday 13th posts, maybe I could do something with that black cat.

Lucky is Reading

Lucky saw the woman next door dash out of her house.  She abhorred him, and the feeling was mutual.  Lucky sauntered to the gate and paused, waiting for the moment of maximum effect.

Now! He shot across the driveway, flicking his tail out of the way of the racing wheels, and enjoyed the effect of the screech of brakes, spray of gravel and squeal of the tyres as she pulled out into the country lane and sped off toward the town.  Another two toes to the goddess of cats and the fates which had brought such an unyielding neighbour into his life.  He found a nice soft spot in the her garden to do his business and scratched the evidence over.  Some buried plants came up with his claws and he scattered them around liberally.  He often wondered why people put these round things in the earth.  Best got rid of, he thought.

Sounds from his own kitchen suggested breakfast might be forthcoming if he rubbed her legs enough.

“Lucky!  There you are my wee darling.  Have we been out for a nice morning stroll, then?”

“No,” he mewed plaintively, “but I have been out for a successful raid on the farmer’s chickens.  He’ll think the fox got in, as usual.”

“Ah, you poor darling.  It’s still too cold for roaming the moors.”

“Well, only a little.  You keep this house suitably warm, though,” he replied, leaping from the chair onto the dresser.  She was dishing out his salmon mix, he was pleased to note, so he jumped down to take his place at his feeding station.

“What a good cat you are.  Here’s breakfast.  Yummy salmon!”

Yummy salmon indeed, thought Lucky, polishing it off.  Slavery is an excellent institution.

His slave took a mug of tea and settled herself in the easy chair by the fire.  Lucky sauntered over, stationed himself in front of it and commenced a grooming session in the warmth.  The clock in the corner ticked the seconds away, the casement echoing gently as it started to whirr towards the hour.

“I must remember to go into the village later.” These one-sided conversations assisted his slave’s memory recall.  “I shall get you some more food and put in our lottery numbers.  What shall we pick today?”

Lucky jumped up onto her lap, squashing the newspaper and creasing her crossword into the folds of her body.  He thrust his face forward and was rewarded with an ear rub.

“Are you going to pick the numbers, then?  Here you are.” She pulled over a simple calendar from a side table and held it at an angle to him.  Lucky proceeded to tap some numbers at random.  His slave wrote them down.  “Two, eighteen, six, two again, you’ll have to draw another, you know… thirty, seventeen, thirty.  You silly, that’s an extra two and an extra thirty.  Shall I put down thirty-two?  Is that it?”

Lucky jumped down and proceeded to wash his tail.  As far as he was concerned it was job done.

The EuroMillions draw that night selected the numbers 2, 6, 17, 18, 30 and 32.  Such a shame his slave had entered them in the UK Lotto.  What more could a cat do?

(c) J M Pett 2015

And now…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And here’s the linky, so go hopping!

Lucky is Reading #flash #giveaway #hop

116 thoughts on “Lucky is Reading #flash #giveaway #hop

  • 6 March, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    Don’t know what book.

  • 6 March, 2015 at 1:39 am
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    I want to read Seriously I’m kidding by Ellen Degeneres.

  • 6 March, 2015 at 2:07 am
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    WOW – Another giveaway to give me another opportunity to win another book to review.

  • 6 March, 2015 at 2:09 am
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    I haven’t really decided about the book yet, I never put the cart in front of the horse. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 6 March, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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      That sounds like an inspired title for some flash fiction!

  • 6 March, 2015 at 3:48 am
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    Holy carps, you just gave me a heart attack. I thought I was part of this hop and had forgotten to post, but turns out I’m participating in a different Lucky-themed hop starting next week. Phew.

    I’m not sure what book I’d choose – perhaps Edward’s Menagerie or another crochet book for Mad Martha.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • 6 March, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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      I know what you mean – I did the same with one of yours last month!

  • 6 March, 2015 at 5:08 am
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    I’m not sure yet. My wish list is quite extensive.

    • 6 March, 2015 at 5:15 pm
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      Mine seems to have doubled since this time last year. What to do?

  • 6 March, 2015 at 5:30 am
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    I’d choose Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    • 6 March, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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      Another interesting book. I must refrain from adding it to my wish list, though…

  • 6 March, 2015 at 8:58 am
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    thank you a lot for this giveaway… what book i would choose hum i can’t tell you yet my birthday is on the 16th so i need to wait and see which one i get first ^^;; but perhaps fangborn 2 by dana cameron but really i’m not sure it would be a book from my wishlist but that’s all i know for now
    ( i do hope to get lucky^^)

  • 6 March, 2015 at 10:54 am
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    I would choose Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secret of The Universe . Thanks for the giveaway btw ! 😀

    • 6 March, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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      Oooh, now that DOES sound like something that should be on my wish list!

  • 6 March, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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    WOW awfully early for major decisions I think I would like to read Die Again by Tess Gerritsen, or perhaps Fearless Joe Dearborn by Lisa Whitney Mitchell will think of something

  • 6 March, 2015 at 3:19 pm
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    Far too many choices of book. If I win I’ll decide on the moment.

    Great story–loved that ending. Your post always comes out Thursday evening for me, reminding me to go finish up mine and get it out!

    • 6 March, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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      Glad I’m of some use. Now I must go and finish next week’s story 😉

  • 6 March, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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    There are so many, I would love the new JD Robb book.

  • 7 March, 2015 at 3:02 am
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    Thanks for the giveaway! I might choose Rain by Amanda Sun. 🙂

    • 7 March, 2015 at 6:38 pm
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      That’s a very interesting title for a book by that author!

  • 7 March, 2015 at 8:43 am
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    Hmm..it is difficult to choose one, because there is so many great books out there! But I think I might choose Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I’ve wanted to read this series for a while, but I haven’t got any chance to read them yet.
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • 7 March, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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    I want to read Josh Sundquist’s We Should Hang Out Sometime. Not sure if it’s on BD, though. If not, who knows!

  • 7 March, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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    Probably The Winner’s Curse. I adore the book but I only have a digital version. I want my own paperback too haha.

    • 7 March, 2015 at 6:40 pm
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      I know what you mean – some books you just have to have on your bookshelf!

  • 7 March, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    I’d choose Raven Calls by C. E. Murphy. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • 7 March, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    One of Devon Monks Allie Beckstorm novels. I’m working my way through that series 🙂 Thank you!

  • 7 March, 2015 at 10:31 pm
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    not sure yet

  • 7 March, 2015 at 10:36 pm
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    I think Id just get one of the books on my Amazon wishlist!

    • 8 March, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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      Good idea. I have things on my Amazon wishlist that aren’t on my GoodReads TBR :O

  • 7 March, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    There are so many to choose from so I’d have to decide between Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. (:

  • 8 March, 2015 at 2:03 am
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    I would love A Darker Shade of Magic or Polaris!

  • 8 March, 2015 at 7:21 am
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    I currently have my eye on the Finishing School books by Gail Carriger and A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab.

  • 8 March, 2015 at 8:49 am
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    The Sin Eater´s daughter.

  • 8 March, 2015 at 11:40 am
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    Red Queen!

  • 8 March, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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    Confess by Colleen Hoover

  • 8 March, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    I would choose Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 9 March, 2015 at 12:02 am
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    thanks for the giveaway im entering, if i won i would choose or a books that just came out like fairest or red queen or i would choose i book of a continuation series that i already have 😛

  • 9 March, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    I would choose: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 🙂

  • 9 March, 2015 at 3:00 am
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    Maybe A Darker Shade of Magic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 9 March, 2015 at 1:17 pm
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    I’d probably pre-order Suzanne Johnson’s Pirate’s Alley OR maybe the Red Queen or the Sin Eater’s Daughter or pre-order Thea Harrison’s new one coming out…

  • 9 March, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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    I would choose Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

  • 10 March, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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    If I win I would love to buy a copy of I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios! ^_^

  • 10 March, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    maybe Rapture or Passion by Lauren Kate or a graphic novel

  • 11 March, 2015 at 3:34 am
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    I’d choose Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
    -Debbie W.

  • 11 March, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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    I’d choose something from my TBR list, I’m just not sure which one 🙂

  • 11 March, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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    I’d really like to own any book by Amy Bartol. She is one of my favorites and sadly I don’t own any. Thank you so much for participating in this hop. I’m lucky 😉 you did.

  • 11 March, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!!!

    Judy Cox

  • 12 March, 2015 at 1:59 am
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    Gosh… I have no idea what book I’d choose. I have so many on my to read list!

  • 12 March, 2015 at 2:13 am
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    I’d probably choose Burned by Karen Moning.

  • 12 March, 2015 at 5:11 am
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    What to choose, what to choose. 🙂 Maybe a Georgette Heyer novel? I could use something light and fun to read right now!

  • 12 March, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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    Decisions, decisions…hmm…I would possibly choose either The Orphan Queen…or Ensnared…or one of the others on my wishlist that seemed to have slipped my mind (only have had half a cup of coffee so far. lol) Thanks for the giveaway!! 😀

  • 12 March, 2015 at 7:19 pm
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    It would be a tough choice, I have several hundred books on my wishlist.

  • 12 March, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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    don’t know yet… so many options

  • 12 March, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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    If they have a Saga: Volume 1 I’d proably want that. I’d think it would be in price range since there are severl in the series now.

  • 13 March, 2015 at 1:10 am
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    I would choose All the Light We Cannot See. Thank you for the giveaway, enjoy your day. 🙂

    • 24 March, 2015 at 9:29 pm
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      Congratulations, Isa – I hope you enjoy it. (I’ve added it to my list, too!)

  • 13 March, 2015 at 4:04 am
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    Making Faces by Amy Harmon

  • 13 March, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

  • 13 March, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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    Darren Shan’s book. He has almost 50 but i only have 23 -_-

  • 14 March, 2015 at 9:45 am
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    The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead!

  • 15 March, 2015 at 3:10 am
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    The Young Elites by Marie Lu!

  • 15 March, 2015 at 5:45 am
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    Not sure, probably a book in the Outlander series! Thanks!

  • 15 March, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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    Either Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson or Morganville Vampires Volume 3!

  • 15 March, 2015 at 9:22 pm
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    Charming by Elliott James.

  • 16 March, 2015 at 6:44 am
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    I’d pick Rock Hard by Nalini Singh.

  • 16 March, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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    I’m really not sure–probably one of Stephen King’s latest.

  • 16 March, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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    So many to choose from. Thanks.

  • 17 March, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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    Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle 🙂 Thank you for the chance!

  • 17 March, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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    Loved your story about the black cat. I would choose a book of paranormal romance or urban fantasy. Perhaps Dark Debt by Chloe Neill or Omega by Susannah Sandlin. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • 18 March, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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    Well.. Maybe Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

    Not sure yet.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • 19 March, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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    I think I’d like to read Alienated by Melissa Landers.

  • 20 March, 2015 at 3:28 am
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    I might pick Collide by Melissa West.

  • 20 March, 2015 at 4:45 am
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    I might choose Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.

  • 20 March, 2015 at 5:48 am
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    I might choose The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch!

  • 20 March, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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    If I won I would probably choose the hardpack version of Divergent.

  • 20 March, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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    I’m not sure precisely what I would choose, but it would probably be in the paranormal category 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 20 March, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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    I would probably pick The Red Queen

  • 21 March, 2015 at 6:29 pm
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    If I won, I would like to buy either the Orphan Queen, the Stoyspinner or preorder A Court of Thorns and Roses.

  • 21 March, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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    Gosh, there are so many of them, I’m not sure which one i would choose.

  • 21 March, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    Maybe Confess by Colleen Hoover.

  • 21 March, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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    I would probably choose a Harry Potter book for my son

  • 21 March, 2015 at 9:29 pm
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    I would pick Life Unlocked by Srinivasan Pillay.

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