“I’d Rather Be…” #99-Word Stories

The Carrot Ranch February 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “I’d rather be…” You fill in what comes next. What would a character(s) rather be doing and why? How can you use the phrase as a literary device? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by February 26, 2022


“I’d rather be reading,” than watching this stupid football game,” Stacy grumbled.

Her father laughed. “Now, you sound like your mother. Just relax and enjoy the game. You know this is my favorite time of year.”

Through the years, that conversation played out in Stacy’s mind regularly. Now that her dad was gone, she longed for the closeness they’d once shared.

“Mom, why do I have to watch football?” Stacy’s daughter, Alex, whined.

“Your grandpa and I used to watch football together. Those are my happiest memories of him.”

“It’s okay. We have our own great memories together, Mom.”

© Colleen M. Chesebro

In this story, I used a flashback as a literary device to tell my story in a more interesting way. The theme of “I’d rather be…” is also an allegory for “be careful about what you wish for.”

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31 thoughts on ““I’d Rather Be…” #99-Word Stories”

  1. Pingback: I’d Rather Be… Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. I have always been a fan of creating different memories for different people.
    Sometimes the expectations of someone elses memories carries a burden instead of joy.

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