99 word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community…


99 words, no more, no less. It’s a simple constraint, an easy-to-master literary art form, and a powerful writing tool for creatives and entrepreneurs. Writers calibrate the usefulness and beauty of 99-words through weekly flash fiction challenges.

July 25: Flash Fiction Challenge



 Just for a day

We feed the swans at our local park.

You can walk around the pond.

In the past, we watched their eggs hatch,

today, I picked up a duck feather.

I sat twirling it between my fingers,

closed my eyes.  Just for a moment,

I could see sun shining through my shell.

Does that mean I am ready to meet the world?

I pecked, broke my way out. Let me tell you,

lying inside, growing feathers

must be like humans growing teeth. Sharp, itchy.

Just for a day I felt like a duck,

as my webbed feet hit the water…

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