Carrot Ranch: Flash Fiction 8/11/2018

Lone Ranger

Going crazy, our cat saw something in the dark that she felt shouldn’t be in her territory. At first, I couldn’t see anything, but her night vision is better. But then I noticed the glint of dark eyes staring at us from the wildflower garden. A tangle of weeds and flowers blossom on the edge of the property, allowing for fauna hiding within, and on this night, the masked bandit was hiding inside.

Why the raccoon was there wasn’t apparent until the next day when we discovered our sweet corn was decimated, a tasty snack for a midnight marauder.

Nancy Brady, 2018

A flash fiction (99 words, no more, no less, not including the title) for the Carrot Ranch prompt for the week August 8. See all the flash fictions at


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A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to Carrot Ranch: Flash Fiction 8/11/2018

  1. Jules says:

    Pesky raccoons. I suppose even caterpillars on the parsley and dill are marauders too.
    Though when I was away I put my plants in my enclosed porch… haven’t quite gotten them back out yet – they seem to be doing just fine.

    As for the ‘eggs’ I had a tank in the shed. I needed a new screen top and found a water sprayer.
    I moved the milkweed leaves – their stems into classes that had caps with straw holes. I keep thinking there is one egg out of three that might have hatched but I’m not sure. The eggs are supposed to hatch in only four days. So we’ll see about the other two by the 14th or 15th. 🙂


    • Raccoons are pesky, but they are cute with that mask across their muzzles. Of course, we were not pleased with losing our crop. Despite the fence we put up, they have returned to the scene of the crime once or twice. This year, raccoons; last year, it was the squash borer that got our spaghetti squash. We are still waiting to see if our beans produce and our tomatoes are doing well. So one out of three crops…maybe that’s the best we can do considering we don’t use pesticides.

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  2. My mother raised corn in our family garden and as soon as it was ready for us to eat, the coons got to it first! You’ve brought back some sweet and sour memories, Nancy!

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Corn was never something I’ve grown with much success and I’d be so disappointed if it got raided! But I love your description of the patch, the marauder and the alert cat.

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    • Thanks Charli for your kind comments. This was our first attempt at growing sweet corn, and we were disappointed with the outcome. Last year, we had a different kind of gardening disaster with our spaghetti squash and the pesky squash borer.

      Thanks to Jules Paige, who introduced me to Carrot Ranch, I have enjoyed participating in your prompts and letting the muse take me to different places. It is a challenge to write only 99 words (no more, no less), yet it is amazing to me how much of a story can be written in those few words as demonstrated by your writing community. ~nan

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      • Charli Mills says:

        99-words is like a square-foot garden — you don’t realize how much you can pack into the space! I’m glad you’ve discovered the Ranch through Jules. It’s a fun writing community and I love the weekly results.


      • I had not thought of it that way; now I think I understand why you call it Carrot Ranch. I like the prompts and reading the various entries, too. Jules is a good friend and quite the writer. She is so disciplined about daily writing whether poetry, flash fiction, or some combination. ~nan


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