Beasties – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by the phrase “tiny flying insects”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:


My daughter’s scream has me scrambling out of bed.
She is sitting up, hands covering her face, still shrieking.
I flick on her bedside lamp and shudder.
There are wee flying beasties everywhere, swarming around and crawling over her.
It’s okay, baby, I gather her in my arms, swatting the horrid beetle-like thingys away.
Then I panic.
There are more on her feet and legs.
I slap at them, brush them from my own face.
Then I see wings emerge from her nose.
I roar in anger and fear until I no longer can.
Because my mouth is full.

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11 Responses to Beasties – Carrot Ranch

  1. Pingback: Tiny Flying Insects « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Charli Mills says:

    Well-written and well-read, C.! I have wee beastie goosebumps now!


  3. Norah says:

    That’s the worst dream ever. Or if it’s not a dream, it’s a parent’s nightmare not being able to protect one’s child.
    I enjoyed listening to you read.


  4. I didn’t expect it to turn so horrid! You lure the reader in brilliantly, with a false sense of success, then make it crash in burn in the best way. Fantastic ride!


  5. jenne49 says:

    Wonderfully horrific!
    I’m almost scared to close my eyes, so graphic is your story, and yet so understated.
    Thank goodness for the punny song lyrics 😉 on the artwork – which is also great.


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