#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community ~ #Poetry

October 15: Flash Fiction Challenge

October 15, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about chores. It doesn’t have to be a western ranch chore; it can be any routine task.

Picking blueberries would not have been a chore
Ironing my stepfather’s underwear definitely was
As a ten-year-old, I thought it ridiculous
But mother insisted
Another, was polishing his shoes plus my brothers
At least they were smaller.
Sitting beside my baby brother’s cot
Stroking his head, trying to get him to sleep
With the sun shining
through my mother’s bedroom window
Reminding me I should be playing outside.
That day, something broke in my heart
I felt a strange kind of dislike towards my mother
that grew over the years
Today I decided to bury that memory…

©anitadawes 2020