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Evelyn Aben 4/6/89

Charli Mills charged us with creating 99-word flash fiction using SWIFT PASSAGE as the prompt. I chose to share the events leading to the swift passing of my mother-in-law, Evelyn. Choose to be a part of the writing fun by hanging out at the: Carrot Ranch

From the time they told us she had cancer, five of them all in advanced stages, until she died was one week. Of course, we had no idea it would happen that quick. I remember walking in and quitting my job because I knew I would move her in with my husband and me so I could care for her until the end of her days. Who knew I would be back to work in less than a fortnight.

But you know, she said that wanted it that way. No drawn-out drama. Absolutely no heroics. Death on her terms.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

Lost But Now Found

Charli Mills asked to address a DEEP WISH this week for her Flash Fiction challenge at the Carrot Ranch

She felt her knees giving away as she walked up the crumbling concrete stairs. What on earth was she thinking anyway? Rejection might be only a few moments away which was not why she was there.

It took a minute for her to figure out that the door was a push and not a pull. Once inside the building, there were more stairs. She could run. Now would be the time.

The older woman in the wheelchair watched the younger woman come down the hall. As their eyes met for the first time, she whispered, “Candace, I’m your mother.”

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

Sweet Taties

Grateful to Charli Mills for the prompt of sweet potatoes this week. I love them any way I can get them so here are a couple suggestions! Guess we’ll never go hungry hanging at the Carrot Ranch

Many years ago, the group known as Weight Watchers had a recipe for what they called One Potato, Two Potato Salad. What made this different from the standard potato salad was the addition of sweet potatoes! While I don’t remember all the ingredients, I do recall it tasting terrific.

Flash forward thirty years and I meet a vegan chef who makes a potato salad using only sweet potatoes (she doesn’t eat white potatoes). This is also a tasty way to enjoy a picnic favorite. Hers uses tofu in place of eggs and a vegan mayo spread.

Both good ideas!

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

Dominic to the Rescue

This week we were invited to write ab0ut someone being in the right place at the right time. As I have done many times in the past, I pulled from my personal experiences. Should you desire to join in the fun, hang out at the Carrot Ranch

Annette loved her job at the Ambassador Bridge, Hers was a glorified secretarial position processing Import and Export paperwork for U.S. Customs. And the friendships formed with people from all walks of life were the best part.

As she did several times a day, Annette walked along the bridge plaza to the Customs dock office. Suddenly, she felt the ground give way under her feet. She screamed for help, and a nearby truck driver grabbed her and pulled her to safety.

It seems she had stepped on a loose manhole cover and that quick-thinking driver actually saved her life!

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben 2/19/21

 

I Do

 Chari Mills challenged us to write about dressing up this week. I chose to use my actual wedding day as my 99-word tale. Check out more writing fun at the Carrot Ranch

Weddings are generally fancy-dress occasions. Even the venues are decorated beautifully with that which symbolizes the excitement of the happy couple.

Her mother’s home was no exception as there were flowers in every room. From the massive spray of gladiolas on the piano to the dozens of carnations in the family room. So pretty!

The bride sat crossed-legged on the kitchen counter in jeans, a tee-shirt, and bare feet. Caught up in the beauty around her, she bolted when the Minister inquired if she had a pretty dress to wear since the ceremony was to begin in five minutes.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben