copy-of-working-template-for-ff-challenges8.pngThe Carrot Ranch December 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a key lime pie. How can you use it in a story? Is it about the pie? Or about characters making, eating, or otherwise engaging with one? Go where the prompt leads!

I was led to a double, a scene that continues an earlier Carrot Ranch challenge that led to Ilene’s mother’s house. The serial is HERE in as-is condition.


“Ilene, here’s a recipe card pinned inside the cupboard. Is this something special? Keep or toss?”

Ilene examined the yellowed index card. “It’s just my mother’s key lime pie recipe.”

“Key lime pie?”

“My mother said key lime pie made every occasion special. The funny thing is, none of us really liked it. But she seemed to love making it for us, so we always just ate it and smiled. Bleck. I hope I never eat key lime pie again.”

“Okay then, toss it in the trash.”

“No Marge, this is a good recipe. I want to keep this.”


“Your mother never made key lime pie, Marge?”

“Never made pie.”

“Well, what’d she make that you just loved or hated?”

“Nothing that I remember. She made dinner but only because she had to. It was meat, potato, veg. You just ate it.”

“Yeah, but what about your birthday? Then what?”

“Meat, potato, veg, and store bought cake with frosting that tasted like sweetened diesel fuel.”

“But you cook.”

“My dad did some, and I taught myself. Started making my own birthday cakes.”

“Marge, when we get back I’m making you my mom’s key lime pie. Special for you.”



8 thoughts on “Keepsake

  1. I think key lime pie is the key to these stories. Well done. Funny how we either loved or hated our mother’s cooking. I think I tend towards agreeing with Marge. Mum cooked. We ate. If we didn’t, we went hungry. Desserts were my mum’s speciality, but never key lime pie.

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  2. I hope Marge doesn’t think it’s bleck! But she’s spot on about the taste of cheap store-bought cakes. Good use of contrast between how each friend was raised. It develops their characters. Good to see these two pushing to the surface.

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