December 3: Flash Fiction Challenge – Raksha Bandhan

Charli’s Carrot Ranch 99-word Fiction Challenge:

December 3, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes family traditions. It can be related to any holiday or situation. How does the tradition impact the story or change the character? Go where the prompt leads!

Raksha Bandhan

Nalini scowled at Rakesh.

Stupid baby.

Her nine-year-old heart hadn’t quite come to terms with this mewling infant thrust upon her, when her mother’s expanding belly suddenly deflated.

He was taking up everyone’s time and attention.

Usually, the whole family doted upon her, but recently, it was all “The baby this, the baby that.”

“Come on Nalini, time to tie a rakhi on Rakesh. Lucky girl. You finally have a brother to bless.”

Sacred thread tied, she went to turn away, when her mother called her back. “Don’t forget your gift.”

A gift? He wasn’t so bad, after all.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz H
    Dec 10, 2020 @ 15:55:43

    I love this story, brilliant capture of a young child’s point of view.

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 01:38:28

    What a lovely story! I enjoyed this Sis. I’m glad Nalini got a gift. Having a baby brother is so difficult. ❤

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  4. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Dec 06, 2020 @ 21:11:42

    Well done, Sis! Love it! Do you know? In German the term “gift” means “poison”, and most times its done this way too. Lol Michael

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  5. Charli Mills
    Dec 06, 2020 @ 19:54:08

    No matter the culture or traditions, new nine-year-old siblings feel such a spectrum of emotions. Well done to capture the heart and mind of a young girl.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Jennie
    Dec 06, 2020 @ 12:26:46

    You know children well!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Norah
    Dec 06, 2020 @ 11:44:41

    It’s difficult to lose the attention to a younger, cuter sibling. A gift can help ease the pain.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. syl65
    Dec 05, 2020 @ 08:11:26

    New siblings 💜

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 04, 2020 @ 21:58:06

    Gave my heart a big smile, as I am an older sister to a little brother! ❤

    Liked by 1 person


  10. willowdot21
    Dec 04, 2020 @ 18:41:58

    Perfect Ritu, perfect 💜

    Liked by 1 person


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