May 21: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Big Birthday

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt:

May 21, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about 100 candles. What do they light, and why? Think about contrast or symbolism. Are the candles large, small, or stars in the night? Go where the prompt leads!

The Big Birthday

“Hurry up, you goose. The first ones will have melted before Nan gets a chance to blow them all out!” Jane grabbed the box of matches from her brother, Nathan, who was carefully trying to light the one hundred candles needed for their grandma Maisie’s big birthday.

She started lighting from the other side, and soon, the huge strawberry cream cake was alight with tiny flickers atop the candles.

“Come on, Nan. Time to blow the candles out.” Nathan gently woke his snoozing grandma, who woke to a sea of flames in front of her.

“Fire! Help!” she cried.

32 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist
    May 28, 2020 @ 08:55:36

    LOL. I could just see that.

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  3. Charli Mills
    May 28, 2020 @ 01:29:41

    Ha, ha! Candles on a cake can get daunting, especially 100. I love your mix of humor and family.

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    • Ritu
      May 28, 2020 @ 10:03:58

      Thank you Charli. Encompasses my lifevrealkt, family and humour. You need the latter to cope with the former, especially stuck with them all day!!!

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  4. Norah
    May 25, 2020 @ 10:32:51

    I can imagine the scene. Love it!

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  5. Jennie
    May 24, 2020 @ 03:02:54

    Love the reality!

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  6. OIKOS™-Publishing
    May 23, 2020 @ 17:56:24

    Thats fantastic, Sis! Always with an eyewink. 😉

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  7. willowdot21
    May 22, 2020 @ 20:34:21

    Lol , that’s cute Sis 💜💜💜

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  8. thoughtsnlifeblog
    May 22, 2020 @ 06:24:27

    Cute nice piece of writing

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    May 22, 2020 @ 05:50:54

    For sure, Ritu. We didn’t have individual candles for my mom’s 80th as I was worried we’d burn the house down.

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  10. Deepa
    May 22, 2020 @ 01:34:58

    haha .. thats a nice 99 words story. poor grandma..

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  11. potatosandwich
    May 21, 2020 @ 23:42:35

    Bless her cotton socks

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  12. John W. Howell
    May 21, 2020 @ 22:52:32

    Hahaha. Good one.

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  13. H.R Phoenix, Author
    May 21, 2020 @ 21:22:16

    😁😁😁
    This story reminds me of a book I used to love as a child. It was called Cheif Rhino.

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  14. Annette Rochelle Aben
    May 21, 2020 @ 21:19:21

    Cute! I suppose I might react the same way!

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