“I Curse You,” A Flash Fiction Tale

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April 12, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. You can use an association to the winged, cave-dwelling critter, or you can explore the word for other meanings. Bonus points for including a bat cave. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by April 17, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

I curse you

The hourglass sand ticked off the minutes. If she didn’t figure out how to reverse the revenge magic spell, she would have to live out her life as a bat. Esmerelda spread her wings and circled the cauldron careful to avoid the searing steam.

“Where is that eye of newt?” Her tiny bat voice squeaked as she landed on the table with a thud. The spell against her ex-best friend had backfired.

She scrambled toward the bejeweled bottles holding her witchy potions. The special decanter she desired was empty.

Karma was turning out to be a real bitch.

©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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49 Comments

  1. Ha Ha! That was good Colleen!

  2. Good one Colleen. I’ve always liked that ‘eye of newt’ all the time never really knowing what a newt is. Though for a newt I bet its an expression they hate hearing especially when you think there must be a lot of one-eyed newts around.

  3. 😄👍 good one Colleen.

  4. Like Michael’s comment! ♥

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  6. Curses, foiled again.

  7. Colleen! You did it. I just love it!

  8. I suppose even witches have bad days. 😀

  9. Such fun. That’ll teach her for revenge spelling. Loved your last line.

  10. Love it Colleen. Well done. 😊

  11. Nice one, loved it, sis. xxx

  12. Tee hee, this is good, Colleen. I can’t think of anything interesting for this one.

  13. Ha ha ha ha ha, that was such a fun read. A magical chick-flick 🙂

  14. So cleverly sweet. 😎🥀😎🥀😎🥀😎🥀

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  16. Ha, ha! Love the last line! Oh, when curses go bad…Fun take on the prompt, Colleen!

  17. Love it, Colleen. Very clever. Also love the pic of batty you hanging upside down. Well done.

  18. I love this! Careful what you dish out, eh Sister? 🙂 ❤

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