Scarlett: A 99-Word Flash Fiction


It was the end of Scarlett’s long day at her new job when she got a text from her mother:

“Take dinner to Gram.”

Grabbing some food from the establishment, Scarlett then plugged Gram’s new address into her GPS, and set off in her little red Bug towards The Woods Senior Living Complex.

Yet, despite this, she got lost, making a wrong turn. At a stop light, she saw a handsome young man. She asked for help. Sniffing the aroma, he smiled wolfishly, gave her directions, and then hoofed it to Gram’s for Domino’s deluxe pepperoni and sausage pizza.

Nancy Brady, 2018


The final Rodeo Event was to write a recognizable, but fractured fairy tale flash fiction with a twist in which food played a role in 99 words only (no more, no less). I must admit that I was reminded of “Fractured Fairy Tales” from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and wondered how to write one in so few words. Nevertheless, I gave it a try. Now that the results have been posted, I share it here. All of the others can be read at and believe me, they are worth reading. Among the forty or so entries, there are takes on Goldilocks, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, and more.

Thanks to Charli Mills and the judges, Norah Colvin, Anne Goodwin, and Robbie Cheadle for reading all of the anonymously submitted entries as I am sure it was difficult to choose a winner from among them. I am thrilled to say that mine was chosen as the winner. I am not sure what it says about me exactly; maybe that I have a warped mind!









About pedometergeek

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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12 Responses to Scarlett: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Love this! What fun! 🙂

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  2. Thank you, Barbara.


  3. Jules says:

    I did see the other day that you won! Excellent!
    Been a tad busy. Had my hubby’s holiday party, then we had a party at home ourselves.

    I am so glad I wasn’t a judge this year. A fun read!

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    • I have to say I was surprised by the results. I really wasn’t sure what I was doing with the prompt to begin with, just like usual.

      I know I would not enjoy being a judge. Every so often, I join in a kukai (a blind haiku contest in which you vote for the haiku that you think are your favorites as the top three…you can’t vote for your own). I always hate deciding especially when there are lots to choose from. In fact, I just finished with one and I got absolutely no points for mine. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but to me, picking and choosing between lots of worthy haiku is difficult.

      By the way, were you a judge last year?

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      • Jules says:

        I was lead judge for the poetry part of the first rodeo at Carrot Ranch. There wasn’t a poetry category this year and the ‘landscape’ of the rodeo was slightly different too. One major change was that all entries were to be limited to 99 words. I would have been a secondary judge but that did not pan out this year. Just as well.

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  4. Maybe next year? I think having a poetry portion of the rodeo would be interesting.
    It was fun participating in all the contests. My least favorite was the dialog one, but even that was a challenge. Since I didn’t participate back then, it was all new to me.


  5. calmkate says:

    Congrats on your win! Nice twist 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. …the perfect food, Kate. 😉


  7. How clever! Congratulations!


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