The June 13, 2022 story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a danger zone. It can be an exciting plot-driven story (think “story spine”) or a situation a character must confront. Play with different genres, and use craft elements like tension, tone, and pacing. Go where the prompt leads! Submit at Carrot Ranch by June 18, 2022.
Danger Zone by D. Avery
The reporter put aside the binder of articles and commendations, all citing the husband’s legendary calm and commonsense, unflappable even under fire.
“I’m interviewing you.”
“Me?” She pulled nervously at the long sleeves she wore even on this warm day. “There’s nothing to tell.”
She wouldn’t tell how she holds him when he shakes and cries after a harrowing shift. She wouldn’t tell how she endures his punches when he’s in a drunken rage.
“Every time he leaves for work, I fear for his life,” she offered.
She wouldn’t tell how she fears for her own at his return.