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Love is

March 10, 2023

It’s been some time since I wrote to the Carrot Ranch story challenge. You could say I’ve been story challenged. It feels nice to work with Charli’s words again.

From Charli Mill as the Carrot Ranch is this week’s story challenge.

March 6, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about Gloria. You can name a character that comes to you as Gloria or you can interpret the Laura Branigan song into a story. What image comes to you? Go where the prompt leads!

Love is

It was a cold morning when I woke to find her gone. Gloria had left, quietly and without a word, and my first reaction was happy she’d remembered her toothbrush.

Love is weird.

Gloria leaving wasn’t a surprise. Once she felt the first pangs of what she called ‘the butterflies’ I knew she’d go. I was grateful for every day.

Love is wonderful.

Years passed and one day a friend called to say she’d heard Gloria was dead. Killed, was the word.

I hung up the phone and cried. Why couldn’t I have calmed the butterflies?

Love is sad.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2023 8:20 pm

    Great story! The pull between the contrasting emotions was well portrayed.


  2. March 22, 2023 9:43 am

    What a poignant story. Well done! And welcome back, I’ve missed seeing you around the Ranch.



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