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"Flight Training," #Flash #Fiction

The November 28, 2019, Carrot Ranch Prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about winners. Who are they, what’s the mood, and what did they win? Express emotion or subdue it. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by December 3, 2019.

Tina balled up the award notice and threw it on the floor. She stomped out of the room.

A chorus of voices questioned, “Miss Henshaw, didn’t she win?”

“Yes,” she answered. “Remember, this challenge wasn’t about winning. It was about determination and whether you gave up or kept trying.”

“Yet, she still won,” whispered Mary.

“Ah, but you gave up, Mary,” Miss Henshaw quipped. “Look outside.”

A crowd gathered at the window. Outside, Tina attempted to mount her broom. Her magic fizzled, and she landed face first in the mud. Yet she kept trying. At long last, she flew.

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

Come fly with me! Write some flash fiction this week!

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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35 Comments

  1. Great lesson in determination, Colleen. I also like how well you build up the tension in the classroom. It opens the scene to be imagined and realistic. Well done!

  2. Aww, what a cute story! Reminds me a bit of this TV cartoon I liked called “Little Witch Academia,” wherein a young witch is terrible at magic but won’t give up because it’s her dream.

  3. Hello Colleen, I had to unsubscribe from your pages 🙁 I get notifications every time someone comments your posts. I would like the articles (blogs) you write, but not all the comments. How am I supposed to follow you, without having every notifications of someone commenting your post? Sorry, I am still learning to use these pages.

  4. Hello Colleen, I am sorry but I had to unsubscribe from you. I do not handle these pages so well, and after every time someone comments your post I get a notification. Could you please advise me how to be subscribed to you, and not get notification of every comment you have? I had almost 100 e-mails today. Almost all notifications of people, who commented to you 🙂

  5. Lovely story, Colleen. Even witches have to stick with it and practice. 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy December!

  6. Deborah Bowman Stevens

    The imagery is masterful!

  7. Loved the determination and the ‘at first if you don’t succeed initiative. And huge congrats Sis again on placing in the Rodeo contest! <3 xx

  8. Ah, the growth mindset, the perseverance necessary for all accomplishment- including flying about on a broom.

  9. Brilliant a well deserved win Colleen 💜💜💜

  10. A lovely piece, Colleen.

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  12. Congratulations on the Rodeo win Colleen and this is lovely too..hugsx♥

  13. Love this! You are continuing your winning ways! Congrats on the Rodeo win. I am so happy for you. I always knew you were awesome.

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