Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Into the Dark

Snow Vacation

On that first weekend in December, our family decided to spend a few days at our mountain cabin. We were excited to spend a last weekend away before winter.

Flakes fell, becoming a blizzard, and soon we were plunged into the dark, the power knocked out. Our old oil lamp became our only light, but we made the best of it.

The following morning, with impassable roads, we hunkered down, knowing we weren’t going anywhere soon. Still, we had plenty of food, but not much lamp oil. One night followed another, but our lamp continued to shine, lasting eight days.

Nancy Brady, 2018

This week’s 99-word (no more, no less) flash fiction prompt at Carrot Ranch ( was “into the dark,” and it needed to be incorporated into the flash fiction. Here is my entry, but read them all at Carrot Ranch. It is surprising all the clever stories the writers over there present each week, and they are worth checking out.


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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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11 Responses to Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Into the Dark

  1. Jules says:

    Hmm… eight days. Has a familiar ring πŸ™‚
    You did remind me of the one blizzard we had here in 1996 when my hubby almost delivered a baby!
    Cheers! Jules

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    • Does it? Eight days? Would another number have been more effective?
      Your husband almost delivered a baby? Wow! That’s pretty cool, but I am glad he didn’t have to in the end. Did she not deliver or did the roads get cleared?

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      • Jules says:

        12 days of Christmas? 7 days of luck? 3 is enough?

        Actually, two plows and two emergency vehicles had to come in from sort of the main street and go around our block because they couldn’t back out… so we were able to get out of our neighborhood sooner than most.

        The woman made it to the hospital and at least a day or two later, the baby arrived. πŸ™‚

        Hubby and family are rescue and fire folks. Hubby also rain volunteer with the ambulance for a bit. Now though he focuses on Hazmat (hazardous materials… calls different from Fire calls) when he is home.

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  2. Glad the mom and baby situation turned out all for the best (ie. no complications).
    I forgot that your family was involved in rescue. That’s so noble and necessary. But Hazmat? How often does he have to deal with hazardous materials? Only with a spill or transport material?
    Yeah, I suppose I could have used a different number, but considering the season, I couldn’t resist.
    Happy Hanukkah to you and yours, Deb.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Snowstorms roll in deepest when you want to leave! A fine flash, Nancy.

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  4. Touching. Happy Hanukkah!

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