The celebratory vibe continues this week at the ranch, where dreams are coming true. Carrot Ranch March 22, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme “follow your dreams.” Bonus points for throwing a badge into the tale. Go where the prompt leads. I have come up with two different and unrelated responses to the prompt and am posting them together. Please enjoy both and do go to the ranch to see other writers’ responses or to join in yourself.
Render by D. Avery
“It’s too tight”, Marlie complained as her mother hurriedly strapped her into her car seat. Today she’d made her mother late because she’d been absorbed watching a moth ensnared in a spider web, hopelessly struggling, its wings rendered useless.
Craft time was underway when Marlie arrived. Though unsure what the others were making she quickly got herself some sticks and yarn too. Her thoughts swam in the colorful weave of her careful work.
“Nice Dream Catcher, Marlie. It looks just like a colorful spider web.”
Marlie paused, then loosened the yarn, undid each wrap and weave, dismantling her creation.
Deferment by D. Avery
All schoolmates, they were drinking, again. Billy was talking again about how he was going to go out west, see the sights, settle down in California and grow grapes, run a vineyard.
“Jeezus, Billy, you still on that? You and Stevie- ‘We’re gonna have a vineyard, get rich farmin’ wine’-”
“Whatever happened to Stevie?”
The bartender, their former coach, laughed, showed them a bottle. “Look at the label.”
“I’ll be damned.”
“Shit.” Billy guzzled the rest of his beer, grunting as he stiffly got to his feet. “Gotta get back to the wife and kids.”
“See ya tomorrow, Billy.”
(By the way, the book has been written on dream pursuit. Look to your right and click on Chicken Shift.)