July 8, 2021, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features feathers. It can be a single feather or more. Where did the feather come from? Does it hold meaning to the character or story? Go where the prompt leads!
This prompt made me think of past prompts where I featured feathers in those responses. So first there’s this:
Rhymes in 99
A first feather from a first flash
A poet’s page fluttering from ash
Once upon another time, a magic feather quill
A heroine true to her path, one she travels still
Another tale of transformation, turtle becoming crane
No longer pining, shedding shell for feathered wings
Here at Carrot Ranch I first began to write
Here took up quill and with that quill took flight
Now it’s a matter of when and not whether
I’ll come up with a flash again featuring a feather.
At the last minute, there’s this, a fresh response after all, another blast from the past, with Marge and her pals Lloyd and Ilene and there’s more allusions to former prompts and I get bonus carrots at Carrot Ranch for getting a unicorn in:
“Okay, I’m here. With truck. Goodwill? What’s up?”
“It’s epic, Marge.”
Brightly colored clothing spilled and tumbled out of boxes and bags that lined Ilene’s walkway.
“What’s epic, Lloyd?”
“Yes! I’m divesting myself of my plumage! It’s simple earth tone tunics and leggings for me from here on out.”
“Don’t you mean legging? Really, Ilene? No more Toucan Sam outfits? Bet Fruit Loops here put you up to this. You going to cut your big hair too?”
“No! That’s my crowning glory!”
“At least keep this pink feather boa, Ilene. And what’s this?”
“My unicorn headband.”