The August 28, 2022 story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: Write a story that features a red convertible. Who is driving or riding? Where is the car going? Maybe it isn’t even a car. Have fun and go where the prompt leads! Submit at Carrot Ranch by September 3, 2022.
This is a double 99-word story, because it wasn’t finished yet.
Convertible by D. Avery
“This is not how I thought it would be.” He looked at the bloodstained towel, pressed it back to his nose. “Used to think I’d get myself a red convertible for old age. Maybe die in that.”
“I always thought I’d kill you well before we got to old age.” She exchanged his crimson towel for a clean one. “You’ve got to pinch it more and talk less if you want the bleeding to stop.”
“It’s slowing down. Finally.” He smiled. “Not dead yet.”
She kissed the top of his head then fixed his oxygen tube. “No. Not yet.”
While he napped, she cleaned up after the latest nose bleed. She put laundry going, filled the portable oxygen tanks, and organized his medications. As she started to prepare dinner, she heard him clicking rapidly through the TV channels and begin his complaints of boredom. She tossed the dishrag into the sink.
“So let’s buy that red convertible,” she said, facing him. “Go touring.”
“Can you think of a better time?”
“You’ll have to drive.”
He smiled in the passenger’s seat. “Not dead yet.”
She preferred yellow, but was willing to compromise while their journey continued.