As you may have been aware, over at the Carrot Ranch, there has been a mega load of Flash Fiction Challenges over the last month in particular. I have long been an admirer of Flash Fiction, but apart from writing them in the form of verse, rarely venture into that territory as it is completely out of my comfort zone. Just lately though, I have entered 7 out of the 8 Carrot Ranch Rodeo Flash Fiction competitions, and thought that I would have a go at this one too!
This is the image that we were given to use, and these are the rules:
November 2, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story a chair on a porch. Why is it there, and what might it mean? Think about using it as a prop or the main thrust of your story.
Respond by November 7, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published November 8). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!
Amelia sank into the overstuffed chair which enveloped her body with warmth.
“The, ahem, Doctor will be with you shortly, Miss.”
Nervously, twisting her rings, Amelia’s stomach lurched contemplating what she was about to do.
Distracting herself from the pounding in her head, she glanced around the porch. Comfortable and homely, like any other house in a pleasant neighbourhood. Only it wasn’t. The odorous smell of bleach pervaded the room; Amelia shuddered.
“How many desperate women had sat on this chair awaiting their fate?”
“Good morning Ms Johnson.”
“It’s Sergeant actually. I am arresting you on suspicion of murder…”
Oooh! Brilliant twist sis!
Thanks Sis, I was very unsure about trying to write Flash!
I really enjoyed it!
Woot! That is awesome! Nice job!
I’m glad you entered so many of the contests. Thrilled you moved out of your comfort zone to write them, too. 🙂 Flash fiction is the bee’s knees.
Well, you and Sherri have had a huge part to play in encouraging me to go for it, so thank you. ?
Well, that is wonderful to hear. 🙂 *happy dance* You are more than welcome. (Just a warning, though…flash fiction is addictive.)
HAHA! Well I did 7 of the 8 Rodeo Flash and this one too so I am well on the way! 🙂
Ooh, that was a sharp left, there! Well done.
Thanks Annette! 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it, Daffy! 🙂
Great to see you in the world of Flash Fiction, Judy. And, what a brilliant start. Keep going like that, and you’ll be the master of flash fiction and not allow it to defeat you anymore.
Thanks, Hugh. That is high praise indeed, and has made me very happy! 🙂
Oh, good twist, Judy! I like the build up of tension as she waits, and then the smell of bleach. That’s a sharp detail! It’s been fun to have you at the Rodeo and I’m glad you got out of your comfort zone. Flash fiction is a good form for poets because you can use those skills. I’m looking forward to more from you!
Thank you Charli. It has been a difficult challenge, I have to say, but one that I am so glad I took part in. I still need lots of practice of course, so no doubt you will be seeing more of me 🙂
Flash fiction is a great form to practice and play with. Not to mention all the material you can develop that way and later do further development. Good to hear that, Judy! I like seeing you at the Ranch!
Thanks so much Charli, it is always a pleasure to visit! 🙂
A lovely response, Judy. Well done on entering 7 of the 8 contests. I only managed three. I was on the wrong track and though she was waiting for an abortion. Excellent.
That is what I was hoping you would think, so it worked! I actually did the last one last night in the end. Thanks for your encouragement, Robbie, it drives me on the keep trying different things 🙂
I have also been experimenting, Judy. The Rodeo introduced some great writing ideas. BTW, sorry you got all my comments in one shot but I am still not getting email notifications from your blog. I don’t know why.
Yes that Rodeo certainly taught me a thing or two as well. I can’t understand the e-mail notifications not working either. I am still trying to get to the bottom of it
The Rodeo was a great opportunity to stretch your wings. I learned so much and it was so much fun. BTW I am still not receiving email notifications for your blog, I don’t know why. That is the reason you got all my comments in one shot.
So pleased you joined in the contests and now the weekly flash, Judy. Welcome. It’s an excellent flash too. Sad twist at the end.
Thank you so much Norah for all your encouragement, it is appreciated 🙂
My pleasure, Judy. That’s what we do at the Ranch – encourage each other. It’s what it’s all about. 🙂
I love that apect of it 🙂
I do too! 🙂
Oh, nice twist. Well done.
THanks, Lisa 🙂
Wow! I didn’t see that twist coming at all. Well done, Judy.
Thank you Mary, I am so glad that I surprised you with the ending! 🙂
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