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The Downside of Spring

photo (3)I’ve been wanting to participate in the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenges, so here I go for my first try. This week’s challenge is to “in 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that is a snapshot of spring.”

My entry is exactly 99 words, but I don’t think it really counts as a story; it’s not even a complete scene, just a snippet of an everyday conversation. But hey, I’m new to flash fiction and the Carrot Ranch challenges, so maybe they’ll give me a break. (I don’t think there’s really a judging process or anything—I’m just saying.) 

In my little “story,” the character Julia expresses how I’m feeling about spring this year. But let me add that I do truly and even deeply appreciate the flowers and blossoms, the new green everywhere, and the warmer, perfumed air. Still, between pollen and projects, I’m really ready for summer!

The Downside of Spring

Julia and her neighbor, Mae, were talking outside over the hum of a nearby lawnmower and the flurry of birds and squirrels on their evening hunts.

Mae plucked a pink blossom off her crab apple tree. “I love spring,” she said.

Julia shook her head. “I used to. Now, I’d trade color for calm. Spring is too busy—in winter and summer things are more settled and relaxed. Even fall is cozy. But spring is too much work.”

Mae shrugged. “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

“No,” said Julia, “the grass needs to be mowed.”


8 comments on “The Downside of Spring

  1. emilievardaman
    May 8, 2015

    It qualifies. It’s a shortie that captures spring. Nicely done.


  2. Charli Mills
    May 8, 2015

    Fun twist on the idea of “grass is greener on the other side of the fence”! I hope you’ll find flash fun. There’s no judging. It’s craft practice and you can really gain insight from practicing this constraint. Great flash! Thanks for contributing (the compilation get published on Tuesdays at Carrot Ranch).


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      May 9, 2015

      Thank you, Charli! Yes, I can already tell how the constraint of 99 words is a helpful tool, and I’m looking forward to practicing more with future challenges. Honestly, I love writing “games” of this sort—they lift the usual pressure and let you just play.

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  3. Welcome to the Ranch. I loved your flash. It certainly qualifies and I felt it had a definite beginning where you set the place, middle where spring and wonderful humorous thoughts were told. You ended with a fantastic little twist which really had me smiling. Looking forward to reading more of your flashes over the coming weeks.

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    • Sarrah J. Woods
      May 9, 2015

      Thanks so much for the welcome and encouragement! Wow, you Carrot Ranch writers are so friendly—I’m so glad I found you and hopped on board! I look forward to reading the compilation next week and getting to know you all more.

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