The March 28, 2022, story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: In 99 words (no more, no less),write a story about disappearance. It can be an event, act, or subtle theme. Who or what disappears? Does it fade or explode? Can it be explained or experienced? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by April 2, 2022 at Carrot Ranch.
Some of you may remember these characters:
Disappearing Acts by D. Avery
“Hope, you’ve been a while with your chickens this morning.”
“You won’t believe it. Hattie’s eggs are gone.”
“She’s sitting them.”
“Not anymore. Every single egg Hattie was sitting on has disappeared!”
“Hope, is this an April Fools’ joke?”
“I had nothing to do with the disappearing eggs.”
“Did a fox get them?”
“No, no fox.
“Huh. I wonder. Hattie must be upset.”
“She seems pretty happy they’re gone.”
“Okay, take me to the henhouse, show me these disappeared eggs.”
“Daddy! How can I show you something that’s disappeared? But I can show you something that has appeared. Chicks!”
“Why, look. Hattie’s already got them out scratching in the yard. They’ve forgotten all about those egg shells they’ve left behind.”
“The chicks will disappear too. Their downy feathers will disappear. But pinfeathers will appear, then real feathers. Even their shrill little peeps will disappear, replaced by clucking like Hattie’s.”
“You’re right Hope. Their spindly little legs will grow scaled and sturdy. Their wings will fill out and they’ll fly. Just like you.”
“Daddy, remember when Hattie was a spunky little chick? Now she’s a spunky mother hen.”
“Yup. Disappearances, new appearances, and constants. Just like you.”
Be sure to go to Carrot Ranch to read the complete “Free Pie” collection from last week. And there’s always the Ranch Yarns with Kid and Pal’s responses HERE.