Caretaker: A 99-word Flash Fiction

This week’s prompt at Carrot Ranch ( is to write a 99-word (no more, no less) flash fiction about a wife who is carried. Here is the my take on the prompt.


The woman was elderly, but he took great care of her. He stayed by her side throughout the day, only to return the following day.

Between her dementia and the cancer that was eating at her body, she was wasting away. Her mind wandered, with thoughts of long ago, memories of her childhood and that of a young wife and mother of a boy. She was barely lucid especially when he gave her the morphine to ease her pain.

Once, she carried him in her body, but now he was the one who carried her through her last days.

Nancy Brady, 2020

Now that I have posted my story, I will check out all of the others. Check out all of the writers’ stories over at to see the diversity of the many word wranglers over there.


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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8 Responses to Caretaker: A 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    Dementia is heartbreaking.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nightlake says:

    Though sad, the story was brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sandra Wright says:



  4. Sad, but quite striking.

    Liked by 1 person

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