#99Word Stories; Danger Zone

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.

Be sure to go to Carrot Ranch to read the complete “Stacking Stones collection from last week. And there’s always the Ranch Yarns with Kid and Pal’s responses HERE.

19 thoughts on “#99Word Stories; Danger Zone

  1. Oh what a powerful write, D! Of course, I just wish she would walk away from the danger that is him but I know it is always so much more complicated in real life (so to speak).

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  2. That’s powerful. Indian housewives do this a lot earlier days, some women still do these days. Constantly living under a roof of fear. This is a complicated life one lead with their drunkard husbands. Captured powerfully with your brilliant writing ✨

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  4. We had a neighbor who put up with a man who was less than kind. But he didn’t earn any accolades, from her or previous exes… – he was just plain not nice. Finally when our neighbor spoke up – she was encouraged to ‘dump’ him. In the Danger Zone once to often. Finally ‘she’ got out.

    It is too bad that situations like your flash still exist. Either bad men, women or those mistreating the elderly and children too.


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