Tag Archives: 99 word flash fiction

Eats on the Fly

Up, up and away is the theme for this week’s 99-word flash fiction challenge from Charli Mills. It made me think of birds. So what does it make you think of? Check out the fun at The Carrot Ranch.

The bag of birdseed on the park bench was top rolled down, wide open. A shaky hand lifted some out and scattered it on the pavement at her feet every once in a while. The trees emptied as the birds swooped down to have their fill.

The bag under the park bench, empty and crumpled, was where the old cat sat. Eyes became the size of saucers each time the birds came to dine. A wary paw would shoot out from under the bench every now and then. The trees would fill quickly as the birds hurriedly flew away.

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

Cash for Cars

The junkyard near the train tracks was his favorite place. No charge to wander and remember how beautiful the old cars used to look when they were both young and vital.

Chrome should shine, so it was a good thing he had a bandana in his back pocket. Soon, the metal became a mirror.

As he stepped back to admire his work, he noticed some coins that must have dropped when he took out the bandana.

The junkyard owner happened to look up just as the old man left. It was worth a few coins to see him smile!

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

 

Drops in the Bucket

As water falls from the skies, she makes her way to a job that drains her energy. Day after day, it’s the same grind rewarded only by a paycheck at the end of the week.

As water falls from her eyes, she makes her way into her house where she must manifest energy. Night after night, the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry, rewarded only by momentary satisfaction.

As water falls from the sprinkler, she makes her way to the backyard swing. Season after season, she watches the blossoms appear from bulbs she has planted rewarding her with hope-filled beauty.

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

Promise Kept

Charli Mills offered the 99-word FLASH FICTION challenge of writing about A NEVER ENDING STORY. Using a bit of poetic license, I chose to use the recent passing of my ex-husband to craft my offering. Be sure to visit the Carrot Ranch to enjoy participating in the writing fun!

“True love never ends.” Her fingers slowly traced the gold-embossed letters on a white napkin from their wedding 42 years ago.

White dress. White roses. White gold ring. White diamonds. White frosting on a white cake. Innocent symbols of hope for the promise of a never-ending love.

White paper signed in black ink dissolving the promise a mere nine years later.

A carefully folded white napkin fell out of a white envelope into her lap.

“If you are reading this, I have died. Even though our marriage couldn’t survive, my love for you never ended.”

Through tears, she smiled.

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

Making a New Friend Easy as Pie

Ah yes, Charli Mills challenged us with writing about FREE PIE this week for her 99-word flash fiction prompt. And it took me back to 1990 when I met a fabulous woman who became my dear friend.  So, here is the 99-word version of what happened that day… Join in the fun at The Carrot Ranch anytime!

Everyone told me to be sure and meet Aunt Bett, a local treasure who should be showcased in a television program. A perfect suggestion, since I ran the local television studio.

That first afternoon I spent with her was magic. She entertained me with wit, and wisdom and banged out ragtime on her piano. Impressive for a 90year old.

All at once, she realized she didn’t have time to cook dinner and walk her dog. So, I offered to cook the meal.

She returned to find Shepard’s Pie waiting in her oven. Reaching for her wallet…

Seriously, Aunt Bett?

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben