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June 18, 2022

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

June 13, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a danger zone. It can be an exciting plot-driven story (think “story spine”) or a situation a character must confront. Play with different genres, and use craft elements like tension, tone, and pacing. Go where the prompt leads!


His next step would define the rest of this life.

He sat, legs overhanging the rock ledge, watching the waterfall in front of him. He listened to the water crash over the crest, he breathed in the mist that rose to the sky.

He leaned back, closed his eyes.

Analytical to a fault he ran the scenario through his head repeatedly. He would leave someone behind, would they care? But he might make someone very happy? Both paths uncertain. Both carrying varying degrees of risk and danger.

What do I want?, he thought.

He opened his eyes and smiled.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2022 5:29 am

    The latter, I hope. Well put together, Michael.


  2. June 19, 2022 8:24 am

    Nice job with the Danger Zone, Michael B. I’ll be thinking about his choices for some time. ~nan


  3. June 23, 2022 6:26 pm

    I like that smile at the end, like that he considered his wants to make his decision, and not others’.



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