March 11 Flash Fiction Challenge – Deep Wishes

Charli Mill’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt this week:

March 11, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about deep wishes. Where is the deep — in the sky, the ground, or outer space? What kind of wishes reside there for whom and why? Go where the prompt leads!

Deep Wishes

I’m tired.

Tired of pleasing everyone else, all the time, and never doing anything for myself.

She noticed my mood.

She notices everything.

Approaching me with a cup of my favourite tea, she settled me on a chair, told me to calm down, before handing me the cup.

“Breathe, Nina. Let it out. You know you’re doing a fantastic job, but you can’t forget your dreams. I remember what you were like when you started here, filled with ambition and amazing ideas. Come on, dig deep. What were your wishes, then? It’s time for you to think about yourself.”

March 4: Flash Fiction Challenge – Diet Spuds

Charli’s Carrot Ranch 99-word Flash Fiction prompt!

March 4, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes sweet potatoes. It can be part of a recipe, meal, or used as a nickname. Where do sweet potatoes take you? The grocery store? The garden? Mars? Go where the prompt leads!

Diet Spuds

Sue discovered sweet potatoes on her diet. Her slimming group leader insisted they were better for her than her usual baked spuds.

She gingerly took a knife and sliced open the elongated root vegetable to reveal the flesh’s brilliant orange hue.

Well, this would, at least, bring a little colour to her dull meals.

A sweetness lingered in the air.

She ground a little pepper and added a pinch of salt.

The usual knob of butter called to her from the butter dish, but she ignored it, added a little low-calorie cheese, and took a tentative bite.

Not bad.

February 25: Flash Fiction Challenge – Frozen

Charli’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge, this week:

February 25 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word frozen. It can be descriptive, character focused, action driven. Go out onto the ice and find a frozen story. Go where the prompt leads!


All I could hear were titters, whispering, and the odd lewd comment, and there was nothing I could do about it.

Well, of course I was telling them to ignore the unignorable, and continue to listen to me, as I explained the importance of probability.

My words fell on deaf ears. I could imagine the screen shots, and subsequent memes flooding WhatsApp.

My face, frozen on screen, with my mouth wide open, eyes closed, as if I was in the midst of something much more pleasurable than teaching maths.

Dang remote learning, unstable internet connections, and bloody live lessons!

February 18: Flash Fiction Challenge – Purpose

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge:

February 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story where a character is in the right place at the right time. It may be cause for celebration! Go where the prompt leads!

We All Have A Purpose

Walking home, shoulders slumped, I wondered what my purpose was.

No one really needed me. What use was I?

Might as well just keep walking, until I walked off a cliff. No one would miss me.

A sound caught my ear.

A whimper.

I looked around. No one.

Another little yelp brought me closer to a box.

The flap was open, and inside I found him. The runt of the litter, left, abandoned.

He looked up at me with those eyes, and it was in that moment I realised that I did have someone to live for, after all.

February 4: Flash Fiction Challenge – Finding Your Prince Charming

The Carrot Ranch Prompt, this week:

February 4, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a substitution. How might a character or situation be impacted by a stand-in? Bonus points for fairy tale elements. Go where the prompt leads.

Finding Your Prince Charming
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Princess, awaiting her Prince Charming.
 After reading the Find Your Prince self-help book, she tried the Sleeping Beauty, the Snow White, and even the Cinderella. 
 Eventually, she decided to use her long hair as she attempted the Rapunzel.
 Sitting in her tower, with her golden plait fluttering out of the window, she felt a tug.
 “Yes! Finally, my Prince is coming!”
 More pulling followed by the grunt of her beloved-to-be as he hoisted himself up.
 Alas, no Prince, just the toothless Palace window cleaner!
 No happily ever after, just yet! 

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