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January 24: Flash Fiction Challenge – She’s Made Whole Again

January 24: Flash Fiction Challenge

It was my nephew Enoch’s wedding on January 19, 2019. Mercy, Will, Autumn, Lynton and I traveled to Hong Kong to share his joyous beginning journey of marriage. We arrived on January 12. Three days later, I got a message from sister #12 Yolanda, the mother-in-law to be, letting me know that sister #8 Canty was in the hospital. Later that day, Canty’s son messaged me that his mom had liver inflammation and hydrocephalus, congestive heart failure.

Sister #13 Queenie was also traveling from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to attend the wedding. I had scheduled the visit of Canty as soon as Queenie arrived.

On the 17th, the third day of being in the hospital, Canty’s condition made a sharp decline at noon. We all rushed to the hospital by taxi. She was unconscious when we were by her bedside. We took turns to massage her head and hands, speaking to her. She seemed to hear us as the muscles of the forehead gradually relaxed.

Queenie arrived in that early evening and made her way to the hospital. By that time, the monitor couldn’t detect the blood pressure. The doctor said she was on 100% oxygen and received mediation to sustain her heart. Her breathing and heartbeat were artificial for some hours.

After Queenie spoke to her, I went close to the bed and saw the blood coming out of her nose. I got the attention of the nurse. The nurse couldn’t stop the bleeding and informed us that, “It’s time.” Before the nurse closed the drape around her bed, I saw the blood gushing out of her nostrils.

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Canty was a Ballroom Dance instructor in her early years. She continued to be active in dancing.  She participated in the Dance Championship on November 4, 2018 and received an award. She posted some photos on social media (She was dressed in purple). I messaged her on January 4, 2019, saying I wanted to see her dancing. She sent me the video clip of her Championship dancing. I said, “See you next week.”

It was saddened to say good-bye to her within two weeks of sharing her thrilling moments. Her birthday is coming up on February 16, and her funeral service will be commenced on that day.

R.I.P. my beautiful sister. We will meet again!

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Flash Fiction – Creative Mash-Up

The prompt for the Flash Fiction at Carrot Ranch on November 8, 2018 is Creative Mash-Up.

Smashed Potatoes

“What are you doing, Meg?”

“Helping, sis.”

“By doing what?”

“Smashing the potatoes.”

“You do what? For what?”

“Didn’t you read the email from the Community Center. They need additional 50 lbs smashed potatoes with opinion power to serve the Thanksgiving dinner to the veterans.”

“Oh no, let me check the email.”

“I’ll do 10 lbs mixed with fortune cookie opinions.”

“OMG. That’s what it says. Let me call Judy.”

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“Meg, let’s pick up the smashed potatoes and cook them.”

“What did she say?”

“Judy made some typos. We still can make mashed potatoes with your smashed potatoes.”

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Charli Mills – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Creative Mash-Up

Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales

Carrot Ranch Rodeo #4 –  Fractured Fairy Tales

A fractured fairy tale usually takes a character, setting or situation from a well-known fairy tale and presents it from a different angle or point of view. Sometimes characters from different fairy tales appear together. A fractured fairy tale is never simply a retelling of the original story with characters painted black and white. In a fractured tale, the lines and colors blur. But the characters or situations are recognizable. – Norah Colvin

Hood n Ginger

Little Blue Tidy Hood

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Once Upon a Rodeo Time

Round up your favorite fairy tales, throw them into the pot, churn, stir, spin them around, and turn them into one piece, or take our one piece of the mixture and see what it looks like!
Join the fun with the great prompt from Norah Colvin, ❤

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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From the remote reaches of northern Idaho, the Carrot Ranch Weekly Challenges launched in March of 2014. From around the world, Norah Colvin accepted the first challenge from Australia. She’s held a special place at the Ranch ever since.

Norah cultivates the kind of growth mindset that marks a life-long learner. But she’s also a teacher. Norah frames her entries in posts that focus on education, giving her readers new points of learning or discussion. Last year she launched readilearn (a sponsor of the 2018 Flash Fiction Rodeo, so be sure to check out the site).

You can always expect to learn something new from Norah, and her Rodeo Contests is no exception.

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Rodeo #4 Fractured Fairy Tales
By Norah Colvin

Do you love fairy tales? Chances are, unless you are a parent or grandparent of young children or an early childhood educator as…

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August 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

August 23, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes magic.

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Magician

“Danny, you’re my helper. Get me a chopstick and a cloth napkin.”

Uncle Pat shaped his left hand like a funnel, pushed the center of the napkin into it with the four corners flapping like petals. He poked the thin end of the chopstick into the napkin fiercely to the bottom, then pulled it through and shook the napkin in the air.

“Uncle, you didn’t poke a hole!”

“It’s magic.”

“Do it again.”

“Next time.”

Three days later.

“Hi, sis, how are you doing?”

“Danny poked a hole through three cloth napkins.”

“He’ll be a great magician one day.”

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Charli Mills Carrot Ranch: August 24, 2018 Flash Fiction Challenge – Magician

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.”

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

August 9: Flash Fiction Challenge – Dashing

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction –  August 9, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes  an act of “peering from the woods.” 

Peering from the wood, something got its attention. It dashed across the road.

Thump, thump, thud!

“Oh, no. I didn’t see it coming.” Sid and Cindy jumped out of the car.

“The impact was forceful. It crushed the front of the car.”

“Is the deer okay?” Cindy looked at its head.

“Let’s wait. It’s trying to get up…”

“It’s limping across the road.”

“it went across okay… No, it flopped and lied still.”

“Do we want to go camping?”

“The engine suffered the impact. Let’s go home.”

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“Our car took the last breath getting us home.”

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Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch: August 9, 2018: Flash Fiction Challenge – Dashing

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