August 15: Flash Fiction Challenge

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt today:

August 15, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sweet jam. It can take you to the kitchen or the smokey room of a back-alley bar. What makes it sweet? Go where the prompt leads you!

Since I’m neck-deep in editing my novel, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to some of the characters, adapted from the novel, in a situation they find themselves, on a train in India. Meet Aashi, my main character and Arjun, someone who may become quite important to her!

Train Jam

Arjun peeled back the cover of the tray and peered at the contents.

Two cooling pieces of toast lay there, with a pat of white butter and a container containing something that was jelly-like with a luminous pink glow.

“What’s that?” he grimaced.

“I think you’ll find it’s jam.” Aashi couldn’t help but smirk at his expression.

“That’s not like any jam I’ve ever seen before.”

“Well you’re not in England anymore, either. It’s Indian jam, made to cater for the Western travellers. Probably filled with sugar, colouring, sugar, flavouring and a bit more sugar. Just don’t expect strawberries!”

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 13:35:45

    Sugary! I need that midway through my day at school. 🙂

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  3. Norah
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 08:25:11

    That’s some sweet jam, Ritu. Best wishes with your novel. Your characters sound interesting.

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  4. Charli Mills
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 20:05:10

    Nice to meet your characters, Ritu! I like how you unpack their cultural expectations and differences through the prompt. Clever!

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 10:12:38

    What did one strawberry say to the other strawberry? I think we’re in a jam! 🙂

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  6. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 17, 2019 @ 16:53:35

    But that’s a bit nasty, Sis. Isn’t it? Indian jam only with sugar. Here they sometimes multiply honey with sugar. 😉 Michael

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  7. Susan Zutautas
    Aug 16, 2019 @ 21:30:24

    Sounds good to me.

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  8. willowdot21
    Aug 16, 2019 @ 20:25:33

    Lol Sis 💜💜💜💜

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  9. willowdot21
    Aug 16, 2019 @ 20:13:22

    So healthy init ,🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  10. willowdot21
    Aug 16, 2019 @ 20:12:47

    Love it 💜😀

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  11. Erika Kind
    Aug 16, 2019 @ 20:06:57

    Too funny, sis. But I have not experienced the British jam so… sugary chemical… lol

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  12. Jacquie Biggar
    Aug 16, 2019 @ 18:27:55

    Sugar, sugar and more sugar! lol, should be tasty 🙂

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