4 Flash Fiction Challenges: Mission: 99 Word Prompts – Carrot Ranch Literary Community




The Beginning

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One night Katie and I met a comet. It was 2002 and I was twelve. Katie was fourteen. The comet introduced themself as Aubrey and told us that magical missions ran in the family. From here our preparations would begin. The comet gave us ten pages of scroll paper saying that we should revise it well as our time would come where we would need to fight just like our mother once did. We asked if Dad was involved and were told no.

All night we spoke of adventures and imagined what we might need to do. Sounded fun!


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First Mission

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When I was sixteen and in the middle of my Junior Cert, I had enough work on my plate. But that is just when duty called. We were brought by Aubrey to Mars where a mystical planet was. There a large dragon Nova came up out of the water, an event long foretold in the Mars Bible. Together we slayed her and saved the planet of Mars where our mother had came from originally. Life could go on as normal at least for now here. And we went back to do our Junior and Leaving Certs and waited again.


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Spreading The Good Word

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The next time Aubrey came, they didn’t come alone. There was two Martians Hector and Castor who were around mine and Katie’s age and who we secretly fancied. The new mission was the joining together of the worlds of Mars and Earth. Together the four of us preached the word of love and kindness. Disappointed that things had only got better and relations weren’t completely there we sat down in a bar in Mars where Hector and Katie fell in love while me and Castor did letting the drink flow from our bottlenecks. Aubrey said these things take time.


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By the time I was twenty-five, I was working full-time on Mars stopping attacks and spreading the good word with my team. Me and Castor had our headquarters here while Katie and Hector remained on Earth to do the good work there. It was epic because every day was so hectic. Often we had prank calls from haters and attention seekers alike and on many occasions inbetween a genuine call and the first person we called was Aubrey to verify. The passion was epic in the offices and that is why I loved coming to work every single day.


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6 Flash Fiction Challenges: Brothers: 99 Word Prompts – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Catching up on the Carrot Ranch Literary Community writing prompts. I have made them into a continuous story all together called Brothers. Hope you find them good reads everyone! 🙂




Saying Goodbye


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It was afternoon. My brother Emment and I were making our way through the woods. We arrived at the spot where our Mum used to come. Emment released her ashes into the air and tears flowed down our cheeks. As our Mum always said, it took a real man to cry.


Peering from the woods we could see the main road. Emment wheeled me out of the woods and we started the long journey to surviving grief. Just the two of us.


We both looked back at her lake once more before moving on. Into the unknown out there.


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When Emment and I were young, we used to go camping with our Dad. When he was around. Which was rare. There used to be a yellow tent. A shabby cheap one. No sunshine brought into his sons’ lives. Dad moved on forever to the other side of the world when I was eight. Emment was ten. On the eve of his leaving we mark it by burning a yellow tent.

Today will be the last ritual. It’s best to leave ghosts in the past. Come to think of it, he was always really a ghost in our lives.


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Mr. Handsome


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“Where is your suitcase?”, I asked Emment.
“I don’t know. I was sure I left it just beside me Tom.”
“There’s money and cards in it …”
“I know! I’m looking!”
We were on our first holiday together since Mum’s passing. And Emment had went off to the deck of the boat to have a cigarette and lost his case.
“I was talking to this hot guy and …”
“Hold on … now I see it all. Well clearly Mr. Handsome has it!”
“But he was nice …”
“Thank god you hadn’t my case with you! We might actually get home!”, I sighed.


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Impressing Samantha


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I didn’t believe in legends. Samantha did so I faked superb interest. I was currently reading a book on Fanny Hooe. The worse about being disabled from the neck down is that I had to ask Emment to prop the book up for me and turn the pages. Now he’s taking the piss.
“She’s a professor at your college, twenty years old than you …”
“Fifteen.”, I corrected.
“You have no chance!”, he said, turning the page.
“Like you and Mr. Handsome!”, I laughed.
“That was a moment of madness! You and Samantha is four years of madness!”, he laughed.


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Broken Fences & Beers



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“Put your back into it!”, I smiled to Emment who was fixing the broken fence in our front yard.
The house was left to our Mum from her Mum and passed on to us. This was our first broken fence though we had a few light bulbs that had died too.

After it’s fixed, we hang out in the garden, have a beer and a cigarette. Laughing, relaxing.
“So how’s Darren?”, I enquire about his new boyfriend.
“Early days but he’s nice.”
“I’ll have to meet him soon.
The fence comes down.
“What does Darren do for a living?”


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Out In The Park


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Me, Emment and Darren went for a walk/wheel in the park when Darren, handyman extraordinaire, had fixed our fence.

“Hey.”, said the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.

“Hi sis.”, Darren smiled.

Her name was Laura and she had a tiny dog with her called Buttons. As we moved along I began tell her about little Amy, the dog Emment and I had as a kid while Emment and Darren fed bread to the ducks leaving us to get acquainted while nosing every now and then to see how it was going.

Things were certainly looking up.


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4 Flash Fiction Challenges: 99 Word Prompts – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Catching up on the Carrot Ranch Literary Community writing prompts. Hope you find them good reads everyone! 🙂




Getting By


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Dan was just always trying to get by. Whether it was unemployment benefits or low-paid jobs, he always managed to. Each week he would do the Lotto in the hope of gaining his fortune and getting a bigger house for his husband Victor and his daughter Ava. Never happened. He carried around his grandfather’s tiny sketch of a riverside setting for luck …


One day a man spotted the sketch, said his grandfather’s work was much sought after and offered him huge money for it. He couldn’t part with it. But he sold off reprints and the house was bought.


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Job Loss    


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Jake sat in his living-room. He could hear the sounds of the birds chipping at their food outside. They seemed to have more purpose to their lives right now than he did. He wondered how he would tell his wife Alice that he had just been laid off at work. She was pregnant with their first child and the money was much needed right now …


When she came in, she knew instantly that something was wrong. Tentatively he told her what had happened. She looked him in the eyes saying,
“All is not lost. We will get through this.”


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Days of Flowers



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He remembered the bouquet she held on their wedding day. A mixture of pink and white blossoms that she had went to great pains to put together with the florist. He never understood her love of flowers but he loved the joy she felt when she found a scent she loved. Her big beaming smile …


That was why he took extra care with the blossoms he picked for her funeral. And the flowers he brought to her grave. He hoped his attempt of light purple and white blossoms did her proud. He hoped she was looking down on him.



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Why Not?


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Sometimes society is a bummer. Women getting all the shiny stuff without fear of ridicule. Well Mark was having no more of it. He picked up the liquid hair glitter and ran it through his long hair and equally long beard. For years he had been obsessed with shiny stuff. Now he was going to go out with it finally. Let the looky-loos stare if they want to …


When he met his girlfriend Carol for coffee, she smiled at his new addition to his look and thought,
It takes a real man to go against the grain. How sexy!


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May 31: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Warrior Spirit – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about warrior women. It can be myth or everyday mothers and wives. Go where the prompt leads.


Warrior Spirit

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How fast they grow up, thought Laura. She remembered when her daughter Anna used to dress up as Xena Warrior Princess who was all the rage back when she was a child. She was thankful that Anna still had that warrior spirit. In the world she needed to have that. For Laura her own fight would need to be strong too with her recent cancer diagnosis. She hoped she could find the warrior inside her. It didn’t feel easy to do that and she didn’t feel strong enough yet to tell Anna. She knew she had to … Laura sighed.


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May 17: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – The Highest Bidder – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about property values. Perhaps its a home, business or pencil museum. What makes them go up or down? Go where the prompt leads.



The Highest Bidder   


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Tina stood before the bidders. It was an auction for her hand in marriage. She wished she could run. Run anywhere and be free from this madness where twenty men were treating her like an object.


Soon her price was rising and she was sold to a man twice her age. He licked his lips like the pervert he was and Tina, head down, made her way towards him. Purchased. Violated. Another business deal for the auctioneer. A woman filled with greed.


No allies, Tina got into the man’s car knowing her future would be bleak.

Property, property, property.


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May 10: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Mick – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Bit late with this writing prompt …



In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.” For centuries, cranes have inspired art and philosophy. You can write a crane story or create something new out of the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.




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Mick rose early, had breakfast and a smoke. He headed into work, began operating the crane on the business site. Building homes for others for the wages to keep the roof above his husband, daughter’s and his own head.

On his way home he seen his former friend Bill in his business suit. He wondered if it paid to b honest as Bill, his wife and son lived in a huge house due to his corrupt business dealings.

A kiss from his husband and a hug from his daughter made him know that being honest was the best policy.


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May 3: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – White Line – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.



White Line

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He sat looking at the line of drugs in front of him. It had been a difficult time since his Mum died last year. He had fell into depths he never thought he would.

But today he heard the news of his buddy Lukas’ death from drugs. It shook him to his core. He looked at the white line once more before pushing it to the floor with an angry swipe. Then he cried bitter tears partly because he was free and partly because for the first time he had to face grief and the horrible reality of it.


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April 26: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Out At Sea – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fish tale. It can be about fishing from any angle, about those who fish, or what might be caught. Go where the prompt leads.



Out At Sea

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Thomas had always enjoyed fishing from he was a small boy up to being the old man he was now. He had had his fair share of short-term girlfriends throughout the years but while his friends got hooked up in marriages he had always liked his freedom. That independence of being out in the boat. You couldn’t beat it as far as Thomas was concerned. Sometimes he’d bring a sketching pad and draw the scenic pictures he’d see and get soaked up in the calm and the wonderful beauty. No one believed him but he was very happy indeed.


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April 19: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Recharge – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about forest bathing. You can use the Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku, or you can make up your own ideas about the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.




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Tom wasn’t sure if he believed in all this thing they called Shinrin Yoku. But he had been very stressed lately with work in the office and his girlfriend running off with a priest who left the priesthood to be with her. So he walked into the nearby forest, gave it a go. As he sat by the stream listening to its gentle rush, to the soft sounds of the birds conducting their daily conversations and felt the smooth fresh grass beside him, he suddenly understood. Sometimes you needed to just get away from it all to return anew.


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April 12: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Sue & Chiroptera – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. You can use an association to the winged, cave-dwelling critter, or you can explore the word for other meanings. Bonus points for including a bat cave. Go where the prompt leads.


Sue & Chiroptera

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The day Sue met Chiroptera she was sitting in the park eating her sandwiches. 72 and in early retirement, she felt there was not much purpose to her life anymore. Then a gust of wind blew and a bat flew off the tree landing on the ground beside her. She rushed to him and was glad that he was safe apart from a broken arm. She nursed Chiroptera back to health and visited him each day when she had released him back into his habitat. Sue made a friend and regained a purpose in her life. Her little star.

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