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Firebird Book Award Winner Tell Me a Story in 99 words

I am pleased to announce…

Speak Up Talk Radio (author & podcast services with a charitable twist) which sponsors the International Firebird Book Awards, has honored my latest release, Tell Me a Story in 99 words, with 1st place in the Short Stories – Flash Fiction category for the 2nd quarter contest of 2022.

This contest is special because the entry fee is a tax-deductible donation that benefits Enchanted Makeovers a 501 (c)3 organization serving women and children.

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My Guardian Angel

Charli Mills enticed us with the prompt of PIGS HAVING WINGS for this week’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Have fun with the fine folks at the Carrot Ranch every week!

Roxanne’s daughter, Tiffany, made a bed in the hay, next to her pet. Angel. The young sow was ill and the Vet said they had done all they could. Kneeling down next to Tiffany, Roxanne covered the crying child with a warm blanket. It seemed like the only comfort she could offer.

“Mama, tell me something. Will Angel go to Heaven when she dies?”

“Honey, I believe she will always be with you because she found Heaven in your heart.”

“So, she’ll be like an Angel, I mean one who watches over me, right?”

“Right.”

“Will she have wings?”

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

A Beginning at the End

Charli Mills gave us rainbows and cats and the outdoors as parts of this week’s 99-word Flash Fiction challenge.

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Joni drew her knees up under her chin and closed her eyes. If only she had a friend with whom she could share moments like this. There was a gentle rain falling, but she was protected by the thick foliage of her favorite tree.

Outside was where Joni went to think and dream. Lately, she’d been dreaming of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. So, she always tried to be under the tree during gentle rains.

She opened her eyes to see the sun shining, and walking out of the rainbow was a golden-haired cat.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

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

Thank you I Get It

I can hardly thank Charli Mills enough for this week’s flash fiction prompt. It allowed me to take stock of my of my life at a point when it was most necessary. Woo Hoo! Check out the  Carrot Ranch  

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When I think of all I’ve been through in sixty-three years on this little blue planet, I am in awe. The sad experiences that seemed would tear my heart out. The happy times I enjoyed so much, seemed to drain my energy. But I am not about to complain!

It has all made me the person I am today. Even though when you take a look at me, I may appear to be a bit worse for the wear, I am still here. No worries. And though there’s so much more to learn, halleluiah, I got life!

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben