August 8: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Bad Apple

Charli’s #CarrotRanch prompt this week:

August 8, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a poisoned apple. Let’s explore dark myth. Deconstruct the original or invent something new. Negotiate the shadows, shed light, but go where the prompt leads you!

The Bad Apple

April bit her blackened lips in frustration. Just how long was mum going to go on and on about her clothes. All she wanted to do, was get out of the house.

She absentmindedly rolled a corner of the rug back and forth with her clumpy boots.

“April! Stop doing that to my rug! Honestly. I don’t know what’s got into you. It’s like those friends of yours have just brainwashed you.”

She rolled a heavily khol-lined eye. The doorbell rang.

“I’m going, mum.” She turned. “And just remember, they say the apple never falls far from the tree.”

39 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Susan Zutautas
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 13:56:09

    The trying times of raising teenagers, oh what fun 🙂 Great flash!

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  3. Norah
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 07:43:29

    Now, as if hit with a poisoned dart, Mum’s got something to think about. Well done, Ritu.

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  4. Jennie
    Aug 10, 2019 @ 12:47:50

    Well done, Ritu!

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 10, 2019 @ 00:38:32

    BOOM!

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  6. Charli Mills
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 23:53:35

    Sharp observation! Teens can often spot a parental flaw and go for the jugular. Well told.

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  7. willowdot21
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 16:49:10

    Cheeky little toad! The joys of motherhood 💜💜

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  8. Jim Borden
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 15:36:17

    clever post. I’m left wondering what the mom’s reaction would have been!

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  9. Erika Kind
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 15:03:04

    I can only confirm this. My daughter and I are alike in many ways. It used to cause fights but meanwhile, it is a wonderfully bonding and we laugh about those fights.

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  10. syl65
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 14:37:21

    Those mother/daughter relationships can be strenuous at times.

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  11. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 13:00:57

    Ha! Great micro flash, Ritu!

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  12. Rowena
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 12:28:59

    Ritu, I love the last line of this piece, especially as the mother of a 15 and 13 year old. I must use that when they become too critical of me.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  13. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 12:05:48

    Perfect. You changed it to a postive end. Sonu said: “Mirror mirror on the wall, we have to take a Ritu-call”. Lol Michael

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  14. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 09:44:41

    Very clever, Ritu. A beautifully written piece.

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