August 16: Flash Fiction Challenge, Comet Hale-Bopp

For Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction, August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet. 

Comet Hale-Bopp

“What a crispy night to look at the stars.”

“Yes, it is. A good crowd here. I’m Tim.”

“Hi, Tim. I’m Eric, this is my wife Jan. Jan Hale and Eric Bopp.”

“Hale-Bopp, like the comet?”

“You know it? My dad saw it in New Mexico.” Sparks jump out from Jan’s eyes.

“My dad saw it too in Arizona.”

“My dad saw it first.”

“Your dad emailed the astronomical discoveries. My dad sent a telegram. They got the email faster than the telegram.”

“Who sent a telegram in 1995?”

“Your dad was only a hyphen faster than my dad.”

~

Charli Mills Carrot Ranch – August 16, 2018, Flash Fiction Challenge, Comet Hale-Bopp

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