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A Mother Always Knows – Flash Fiction

smile at carrot ranch

March 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about carrot cake. It can be classic or unusual. Why is there cake? How does it feature in the story? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by March 20, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published March 21). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


The train clickety-clacked across the rails while rolling hills flashed outside the windows with the speed of an old movie reel. I swayed my way into a mindful moment, breathing in peace.

A loud sniff interrupted my reverie. Across from me, the woman’s red eyes blared out her secrets. Tears streamed down her face and sobs wracked her body. Our eyes met, and she shook her head, silence her shield.

Mothers recognize pain. When the throbbing ache subsides, hunger sets in. I opened the box and drew out the carrot cake, a gift for a friend. Sweets always heal.


sweet dreamsSweet dreams on this first day of Spring. <3



About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Beautiful, Colleen. It’s something I imagine you would do ❤

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  3. The comfort it offered was a gift the friend could later share, knowing how the carrot cake was offered. Beautiful, Colleen!

  4. Such Scrumptious-ness.. 😎🥀😎🥀😎🥀

  5. Delicious picture of the carrot cake. Your story tells of the sweetness of compassion.

  6. Very nice. Now I want some carrot cake, one of my favorites.

  7. Food for the soul and body.

  8. Lovely post, Colleen. I don’t know if I am going crazy but your sharing buttons seem to be missing.

  9. A lovely story, Colleen. How sweet of her to share the cake and comfort. <3

  10. I was appointed “Poet Laureate” of my high school paper, given a subject each month along with a deadline, and ordered to produce, all because I wrote a 36 stanza satire about becoming the old woman with whom I now have to live, my English teacher’s favorite subject, and taping it to the door of her classroom. I still regret that action because I just never have been able to write on a given subject on order! It’s regrettable, but for some reason if I don’t feel strongly about the subject the words just don’t come. Your challenges look like so much fun, and I keep hoping that some day I will find one that speaks to my muse so I will be able to accept the challenge. Really should have paid more attention when I took those writing courses in college! <3

    • LOL! What a great story. I love it. 😍❤️

      • I would have loved it better if I could have chosen my own subject. the time frame was okay, I’ve been a columnist since then and always got it in early but the subject was up to me. Having someone else tell me what to write about: not a good idea. I have to feel it before I can write it and if the feeling is missing the poem is lame! Just never could get the dear Sister to understand that. And in those days you just didn’t argue with Sister! Demerits meant being confined to the dorm for the weekend!

  11. Aw, that would be a big old hug, for sure!

  12. I have been wondering as to what to bring to a friend who’s sick..now i know..a carrot cake…beautiful tale Coleen..

  13. So true 💜🖐🏻

  14. Cake is certainly a healer!

  15. I love the idea of carrot cake as a sweet healing gift…

  16. A comforting and sweet tale (in more ways than one). Excellent, Colleen.

  17. A lot of truth in that Colleen.

  18. Love this Colleen 💜

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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