Category Archives: Challenges

Sour Puss

This week’s Carrot Ranch 99-word Flash Fiction Challenge was to write about Key Limes. Personally, I love a good key lime pie. Now, I am in the mood to go bake one. If you are ever in the mood to participate in the weekly challenges of Charli Mills, FOLLOW her blog and have some fun!

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“Key limes, schmee limes! I didn’t know there was a difference and now I have to go back to the store!”

Allison was not happy. Her mother asked for 30 key limes for the pie and she bought 30 limes, but they were not key limes. Now she had to not only go back to the store to buy MORE limes, but she also had to take back the ones she lugged home. Whatever!

Plopping the bag of limes into the basket on her bike, Allison grumbled, “Key limes, schmee limes! Why not just make Grandma a chocolate cake?”

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Not Forgotten

Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt this week was the word SHIMMER! Here is my take on the word, not directly the photo. Join her and the other creative folk here: https://scvincent.com/2019/12/05/thursday-photo-prompt-shimmer-writephoto/

“Brush your hair now, Betty. You have a visitor.”

Betty had been placed in the nursing home only a few months ago. Macular degeneration was robbing her of her sight. She was deaf in one ear and could barely hear out of the other. Her doctor said it wasn’t safe for her to live alone.

A visitor! Who could it be? Betty had no family close by. A sister lived in a nursing home in Wisconsin, but she couldn’t travel.

“Merry Christmas from the Salvation Army, Betty!” She looked up from the gift bag, tears shimmering in her eyes.

(C) 2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Sad

This week’s challenge from Colleen Chesebro, is a Poet’s Choice. I chose the words: SEEK & ELUSIVE 

Just seeing someone

Trying too hard to be liked

Can be confusing

The very thing they’re seeking

Grows ever more elusive

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Recipe For Success

This week, Charli Mills asked to write about WINNING! Here is my offering and if you ask nicely, I just may share that winning chili recipe one day!

Head over and join the fun at the Carrot Ranchhttps://carrotranch.com/2019/11/28/november-28-flash-fiction-challenge/

Her brother had just gotten a big break, starting work for a local soup and sandwich shop. The hope was that this job would provide him the opportunity to shine with his creative culinary skills.

She received notice of a chili cookoff with prizes for home cooks as well as professionals. Why not enter! If she won, she could give the recipe to her brother, and he could make it at the shop. This just might kick start his career.

She was able to perfect the white, chicken chili recipe. And it won second place. Alas, the shop closed.

Bird is the Word

Oh

To be

A turkey

Thanksgiving day

Dinner focal point

Your fragrance fills the air

They’re fighting for your hot legs

And wishing on your very bones

They break out the very best china

For your glorious final resting place

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Grandlight

In response to Sue Vincent’s #writephoto Light prompt this week, here is my wee story. Care to join her? Here’s the link! https://scvincent.com/2019/11/21/thursday-photo-prompt-light-writephoto/

Lauren’s grandmother was always her guiding light. Her grandmother raised her and she felt safe with her grandmother near.

After her grandmother passed, Lauren tried but found it difficult to find that guiding light again. It was scary to think she would have to live life on her own. Closing her eyes, she prayed for a sign from her grandmother.

As tears fell, she looked up and the first thing she saw was the tall pine in the yard. Through the branches, shone a brilliant light. It was the sign she prayed for. She smiled. Everything would be okay.

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Celestial Consorts

This week, Charli Mills challenged us to write about a romance; not exactly my cup of tea but hey, I gave it a try. If you want to participate in this week’s 99-word flash fiction challenge, head over here: https://carrotranch.com/2019/11/21/november-21-flash-fiction-challenge/

He was a golden Adonis. Warm and friendly with energy to spare. He hung around most days, filling the world with light.

She was his biggest fan. Always waking from a good night’s sleep, hoping he’d be there. It made her day to have him with her wherever she was.

One day, his arch-enemy appeared and tried to rain on their parade. She was frightened for it seemed she had lost her golden love. But he sent a rainbow of protection to show her he was close by. And as soon as the clouds parted, the lovers were reunited.

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben