Carrot Ranch: Two Mothers, Two Mice (BOTS)

This week over at Carrot Ranch, the prompt was to write a story about mice in 99 words (no more, no less). This pedometer geek has not written many 99-word stories lately, missing deadline after deadline. To be honest, this writer just didn’t feel like writing, and by the time, inspiration hit, the week was over. Finally, decided to give it a go since this pedometer geek has never really had an issue with mice. Well once, but even then, the house mouse was not harmed. Here is the story:

Two Mothers, Two Mice, a Similar Story

In a newly constructed house, a mother sat up late feeding her newborn daughter. Into the quiet crept a mouse. With eyes bright, the mouse watched the mother and daughter. The pattern repeated itself night after night until the mouse disappeared.

Thirty years later, in a newly constructed condominium, a mother sat up late breastfeeding her newborn son. It was quiet, and a mouse ran across the floor. The motion caught the mother’s eye, but she dismissed it as tiredness. The following night she saw the mouse running away. Eventually, the mouse ventured out, was caught, and released outside.  

Nancy Brady, 2020

This is based on a true story about my mother’s experience of the nightly experience with a mouse who sat up with her and my younger sister. My father was away because he was working a strike at the telephone company. As she always said, “Live mice didn’t bother her, but seeing a dead one did.”

To read all the 99-word stories, check out, or even write a few 99-word stories (no more, no less).

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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5 Responses to Carrot Ranch: Two Mothers, Two Mice (BOTS)

  1. Jules says:

    We had some mice in our home in Indiana… and tried the catch and release for some.
    Doesn’t always work that way though.

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    • Yeah, they sometimes return, JP. We chased it in a box, and then took it outside. So cute, but with a newborn and a two-year-old, we didn’t want the risk. It probably went into the woods behind our condo.

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      • Jules says:

        We took one we found to a farm… wasn’t sure if it made it’s way back or it was a different one – but same situation – new baby… mice no good. So we had to resort to other measures…

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