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Black and White (Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge)

February 4, 2018

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

February 1, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features something black and white. It could be a nun in a zebra monster truck, a rigid way of thinking, a bird in a tuxedo — be imaginative and go where the prompt leads.


The very first thing that came to mind when I read this prompt were some very old jokes.

Q: What’s black and white and red all over?
A: A newspaper.

Q: What’s black and white and red all over?
A: Am embarrassed zebra.

Q: What’s black and white and black and white and black and white and black and white?
A: A zebra rolling down a hill.

Anyway . . .

In Black and White

I’m apprehensive. Eyes down, I massage the oak table with my thumb, just like I . . .

Stop it.

The door opens, I look up. A man in a grey pinstripe suit enters and sits to my left. I look down again.

“Everyone ready?” he says.

No! There’s another way, I want to scream. But I know there’s nothing left to say.

I look up and meet Sue’s eyes as the lawyer slides copies of the Judgment for Marriage Dissolution toward us both.

Finally real, seeing it in black and white.

No tears, dammit, not until I’m alone.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2018 5:15 pm

    Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 4, 2018 10:55 pm

    😥 Perhaps he’ll find a new, lovely woman wearing a rainbow of colors.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. February 5, 2018 8:57 pm

    Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 7, 2018 10:21 pm

    What’s black and white with a big cherry on top? A Michigan State Trooper! I have to laugh because the black and white jokes popped into my mind, and I wasn’t going to mention them! Again, a lovely soundtrack to go with your post. First, you had me laughing and now I’m feeling this man’s pain. Good concrete details.



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