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The Writing Group (Carrot Ranch)

August 10, 2020

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

August 6, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about molten lava. It can be real-time, such as a volcanic event or the result of one in the geologic timeline. Or, think about making the prompt into a metaphor of heat. What is so hot? Go where the prompt leads!

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The Writing Group

Reading in front of people has never been comfortable for me and tonight was no different. I swallowed.

“My love for her felt like hot lava burning in my heart.”

I saw Jean grimace.

“Not good?” I said.

“Well,” she shrugged. As analogies go . . .”

The other three members looked up.

It got quiet.

Someone coughed.

“What? We know lava’s hot; and it burns, right?”

She had a point.

“So maybe just ‘My love burned’?”

“Better.” Jean smiled

I felt myself blush.

What nobody knew was that the hot burning lava in my heart burned for Jean.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2020 12:02 pm

    I’ve never heard that song by Jimmy Buffet. It’s awfully perky for a song about molten slag. But, I’m tapping my toe, so it’s very catchy. It pairs nicely with your words!

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  2. August 10, 2020 7:59 pm

    Ha! Very clever flash. Liked.


  3. August 12, 2020 8:31 pm

    A cheerful song that I imagine is beating in this writer’s heart for Jean! I like the writing group used as the vehicle for suppressed love.

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