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.


In response to Charli’s prompt:




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.”


In response to Charli’s prompt:




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.



In response to Charli’s prompt:




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!


In response to Charli’s prompt:






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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