Almanac Summer Solstice Fiction: When Little Yellow told Frankie of an Even Longer Day


On the Summer Solstice When Little Yellow told Frankie of an Even Longer Day
A story from 37.7673°S

Frankie the Fluff slumped on the ground in the shade of a giant eucalypt. “You know something, Little Yellow?” she asked.
Her best friend Little Yellow looked up quickly. Little Yellow certainly did know plenty of things. Little Yellow was a small yellow bear that had even started to keep a small list of Things That He Knew.
“Little Yellow,” Frankie suddenly went on, much to Little Yellow’s consternation, “I heard The Buds say that Today is The Longest Day.”
“Did you?” said Little Yellow, not in an effort to be disagreeable, but rather out of confusion. He then said: “I think I had a Longer Day.”

Frankie heard this and she tilted her head.
“Did you?” she said. “Well,” she said. “That’s very interesting, Little Yellow,” she said. And she sat Very Still.
A breeze rustled the leaves above.
“Tell me, Little Yellow,” said Frankie after a while. “When was this Day that was Longer Than The Longest Day?”
“Oh,” said Little Yellow very rapidly and without a pause for thought. “That was yesterday.”
And then very rapidly he said: “I remember thinking that Yesterday was a very long day. I remember that we woke very early and had all of the meals – even Supper – and then we went to bed very late. But today, Frankie? Today we woke up early; that’s true. But today we have only had one meal; that of breakfast. Yesterday was certainly longer than today.” And he lifted a small twig and snapped it in two.

Frankie smiled and then she blinked once and she blinked again. She looked to the ground at the shadows of the leaves which danced on branches like hundreds of little waving flags.
Frankie looked up at the sun and she wondered if it would soon be Time For Lunch.
“Yes,” she said. “What a clever Little Yellow you are.”



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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a hydrologist, climate reporter and writer of fiction & observational stories. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and likes to walk around feeling generally amazed. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Lovely read ER!

  2. Kate Birrell says

    Lovely theme too.

    Can just picture it.

  3. Thanks Col.
    Thanks Kate.
    Cheers to summer days and wandering minds.

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