Charli’s back and with her the August 27, 2020, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features Lemon Queens. Maybe it’s an ancient fairy tale or a modern brand name. What ideas seep into your imagination? Is there a character or place involved? Go where the prompt leads!
Photochrom by D. Avery
He startled me. While he and my father talked I’d idly stared at the newspapered walls. Everything here was old, the only color besides the curled yellow newspaper a smoky gray — the unpainted house, his dog, his ancient swaybacked draft horse in the shed; him.
“Yes,” I agreed.
“Those horses,” he said, and then my eyes took in that this yellowed newsprint was not wallpaper, it was clippings, articles from long ago county fairs.
“Two mares, sisters. Belgian and American Cream, cross. Called ‘em Cleopatra and Nefertiti. The Lemon Queens.”
“A winning team?”
His memories colored the room.