Five a Day – Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge

Narrator’s Note: This ultra-short story is in response to the Carrot Ranch Literary Community’s Flash Fiction Challenge. You can find the details here:

November 23, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Five a Day. It does not have to be five servings of fruits and vegetables. What is needed five times a day? Have fun with what pops to mind for the prompt.

So let’s start the story, shall we?


“These are only four, I can’t give you any money today. You know you’re supposed to deliver five a day, or return empty-handed,” said the officer rudely while checking the sack I had handed over to him. “My kids will go hungry today, please have mercy, ” I begged, but he just wouldn’t relent.
Seeing no other way, I took out my sword… and swung hard. And as the officer’s head rolled to a stop near my feet, I picked it up and told his assistant, “That completes five rat’s heads for today. Can I have the bounty now please?”

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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7 Responses to Five a Day – Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. It probably won’t help his situation, but a rat’s a rat. Good story, it all comes around with your ending. Welcome to the Ranch.

  2. Norah Colvin says:

    It’s a tough call, but works well. Welcome to the ranch. What a smashing introduction.

  3. Charli Mills says:

    You packed much suspension and action into 99 words. An interesting take on the prompt and a good finish. Happy to see you at the Ranch!

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