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Opposites Attract (Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge)

January 22, 2018

The Carrot Ranch Literary Community, hosted by Charli Mills, is HERE.

January 18, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes boots. Whose boots are they, where do they go and what is their significance? Go where the prompt leads.

Opposites Attract

She wasn’t particularly beautiful. I’d call her average and a writer might describe her as “nondescript” or “everyday”. She didn’t understand my sense of humor, never read, had little interest in the world around her and smiles were rare. I’m not sure I ever totally understood her, but she had a Canadian accent and I loved hearing her say the word “aboot“.

I’m not sure what I saw in her but that’s water under the bridge. One morning when I was out running errands, she left. And took my Grateful Dead bootleg tapes with her.

Apparently opposites don’t attract.


Here’s some end of love songs.

“Yeah, I said it’s all right. I won’t forget all the times I waited patiently for you. I think you’ll do just what you choose to do.
And I will be alone again tonight my dear.”


“I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ walkin’ all the way down the road, I once loved a woman, a child I’m told. I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul. But don’t think twice, it’s all right.”


“Baby who’s to say it could have been different now that it’s done? Baby who’s to say that it should have been, anyway? Baby who’s to say that it even matters in the long run? Give it just a minute and it will blow away; it’ll blow away.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2018 7:28 pm

    Ouch. Not the Dead tapes.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 24, 2018 1:34 pm

      I know! Take my clothes or my money but leave my Dead tapes alone…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. January 22, 2018 9:42 pm

    Ah, didn’t consider “bootleg.” 🙂 That viper!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. January 23, 2018 7:31 pm

    In the words of Law-wrench Whelk: Punderful, Punderful!!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. January 24, 2018 11:35 pm

    Isn’t strange how that would have been a devastating occurrence to lose the bootleg, but today we can go to the internet and widely share it? Creative take on the prompt, Michael!


  5. Colleen Chesebro permalink
    January 25, 2018 9:10 pm

    Oh, man! This was a poignant memory to share. ❤

    Liked by 1 person


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