September 12: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Greatest Gift

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt this week:

September 12, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the greatest gift. Answer it as if it were a question, or show what it could be. Go where the prompt leads you!

The Greatest Gift

“What would be the greatest gift you could give me? Honestly?” Maggie looked at her husband, who was trying his hardest to make her looming 40th birthday one to remember.

“Of course, honestly love. It’s your big day. The kids and I want to make sure it’s a day to remember for you. Don’t be shy.”

“Alright then, the greatest gift you could give me is time.”

“What, like a new watch or something?”

“Not a watch, John, no. Time. Every day. Help me out a bit. Act like their dad, not their babysitter. That’d be the greatest gift.”

36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miriam Hurdle
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 22:14:42

    I agree, Ritu. Time is the greatest gift.

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  2. Charli Mills
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 08:11:41

    Every mom comes to realize that time for herself is the greatest gift.

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  4. Susan Zutautas
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 19:29:46

    Wonderful flash! Time would be a great gift.

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  5. robbiesinspiration
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 07:44:21

    Ooooh, a good piece. Well done.

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  6. Jennie
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 03:14:35

    Amen, Ritu! Well done.

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  7. H.R.R. Gorman
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 23:23:04

    Not a bad choice!

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  8. Carol Anne
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 19:28:29

    Love it! Good gift for sure!

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  9. willowdot21
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 16:54:21

    Very true Sis 💜💜💜

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  10. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 11:32:57

    You got it, Sis! Fantastic short story. Michael

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  11. CHINA ALEXANDRIA LIVING THE DREAM
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 04:24:30

    Reblogged this on LIVING THE DREAM.

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  12. CHINA ALEXANDRIA LIVING THE DREAM
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 04:24:02

    LIFE HAS IT’S UPS AND DOWNS, GREAT BLOG, CHINA

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  13. Book Club Mom
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 02:56:47

    Great gift idea!

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  14. pranabaxom
    Sep 14, 2019 @ 00:34:36

    So much truth in that.

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  15. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Sep 13, 2019 @ 23:39:55

    Sounds like a great gift to me

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  16. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Sep 13, 2019 @ 21:29:13

    Amen, sister!

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