“Sweet Cherry Pie,” 99-Word Story

The Carrot Ranch, July 25, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story sweet as cherries. It can be about the fruit or something cherries represent. Why is it sweet? Can you use contrast to draw out the beauty? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by July 30, 2022.

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It was time. Hazel opened the oven door. The sweet scent of cherries filled the room. She knew this pie would be a winner at the Pie Bake Off at the park this afternoon. After all, she’d added her secret ingredient.

Later, she watched in fascination as the judge took his first bite. His eyes lit up with pleasure at the taste of her sweet confection.

“This is the one,” he said. “First place!”

Then he crumpled in a heap to the ground.

Hazel smiled. She had finally found a way to deal with her ex-husband once and for all.

Check out the 99-Word Stories from last week’s challenge: https://carrotranch.com/2022/07/27/floating-collection/

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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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  1. I do love revenge stories. Excellent, Colleen!

  2. I wasn’t expecting a fatal secret ingredient!

  3. OOOh…. I just watched a show where some poison was put into some wine… and the wrong person got it. But… the person who poisoned the wine took a small sip to have a reaction and take the suspision off of themselves. It was a ‘Midsummer Murder’… and they always get the ‘vilian’! 😀

  4. Ah, the put the poison in the cherry pie scheme! 😉

  5. Haha! That was an awesome, surprise ending, Colleen! 🙂

  6. Oh! Hazel is a witch 🤣🤣

  7. Haha, I love it! I did not see that coming.

  8. Ouch, revenge is also sweet. LOL – as I am sitting here eating cherries. LOLOL <3

  9. Oh, nice touch! Great story, and I hope not true 😉

  10. Sweet revenge, Colleen – love it. Toni x

  11. The ultimate revenge! Fabulous, Colleen!

  12. Murder at the pie bake-off rather than murder on the dance floor. A good one, Colleen. I don’t envy what awaits her, though.

  13. The sweet taste of revenge, served cold. With a fork in it! Clever, Colleen!

  14. Well done, Colleen. I didn’t see that coming.

  15. Wow! What a sweet ending! For Hazel, that is. I truly was surprised by the twist, but I loved it. Well done, Colleen.

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