#99Word Stories; Anxiety

The February 7, 2022, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes anxiety. Who has anxiety or what is the source? Is there conflict? How can you use anxiety to further a story? Go where the prompt leads! Respond at Carrot Ranch by February 12; published next Wednesday at Carrot Ranch.

I am in with two unrelated flashes. I also have responded with Ranch Yarns.

Re-entry by D. Avery

“Breathe,” she reminded herself going through the gate.

The woman watched her approach, accusing eyes penetrating her, scanning her bag, evaluating.

Just one bag?

Breathe. Just answer the questions. Stay calm.

What’s the nature of your visit? How long do you intend to stay?

She’d already made these declarations. Why another grilling?

She stammered out her responses, lightheaded with anxiety. Why was it always this way? Why couldn’t she handle herself better by now?

A man appeared beside the woman with the accusing eyes.

“Everything okay here?”

They both looked at him. Her anxiety subsided.

“Yeah Dad. Everything’s okay.”

Faith by D. Avery

Grinning, he stamped snow off his boots.

“You’re something else,” he exclaimed.

She looked at him, uncomprehending.

“You made snow angels!”

She smiled weakly, petting the dog. Here’s an angel, she thought.

She wouldn’t tell him that with fogged glasses she’d lost her bearings in the pitch black; that she’d fallen in the deep snow then flailed wildly, panicked, trapped in a whirling vortex of anxiety; that even after regaining her footing, she’d still felt completely lost until barking directed her to the house, stumbling and sobbing with relief.

She would let him believe she’d intentionally made snow angels.

30 thoughts on “#99Word Stories; Anxiety

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  2. Two different kinds of anxiety, D. Both, thankfully, calmed in different ways. I laughed a bit at the unintentional snow angels – not at the time, only in retrospect.
    It’s good when Dads turn up just in the nick of time.
    Well done.

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  4. Great submissions, D! Everyone, at some point, has felt the anxiety of #1. Doesn’t necessarily have to be checking-in, rather it could also be being “grilled” by someone with authority, by speaking publicly, or being interviewed.
    Thanks for making us laugh with #2.

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