A Parent’s Nightmare- #FlashFictionChallenge #amwriting


This week’s challenge courtesy of Charli Mills Carrot Ranch:

January 16, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a protest story. It can be about a protest, or you can investigate the word and expand the idea. Who is protesting, where, and why? Go where the prompt leads!

I decided to take mine in a more personal direction. This is from a WIP- hope you enjoy my interpretation of PROTEST.


“There’s no easy way to say this—” Matt met the growing horror in Mrs. Carter’s eyes, his heart hurting, “your daughter was murdered last night on the Galloping Goose Trail. We believe she was on her way home at the time.”

The poised woman who’d met them at the door disappeared in a swelling tide of despair. She vigorously shook her head. “No, you’ve made a mistake. Emily was home last night. I brought her home from school myself. It’s not possible.”

“How do you know it’s our child?” Carter asked, his voice gruff. “It could be anyone.”

15 thoughts on “A Parent’s Nightmare- #FlashFictionChallenge #amwriting

  1. That sounds very intriguing!

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    1. Thanks! It’s working up to be an interesting story.

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  2. Oh gee, that’s heartbreaking.

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    1. Murder is hard enough, but when it’s your child… 😦

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  3. Beware Of The Reader January 19, 2020 — 9:23 am

    Hey great challenge Jacquie!!!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie. It’s hard getting the emotional punch in just 99 words! lol

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  4. Oooh, Jacquie, this has given me the absolute chills.

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    1. Thanks! That’s got to be the single worst thing ever- outliving your children.

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  5. petespringerauthor January 19, 2020 — 3:26 pm

    Great job, Jacquie. I can’t imagine having to tell anyone that something awful happened to their child,

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    1. Me either. I imagine it haunts any officer for a long time.

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    1. Lol, that’s what I was going for!

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  6. Every parent’s nightmare and I’m sure the natural inclination is to protest. Sharp writing, and great use of the prompt, showing it in action.

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