Kitchen – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “Candy Kitchen”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Candy’s Kitchen

The front door is unlocked, so I step inside.
Are you there, Candy?
Kitchen, she replies. And shut the door, Roger’s dead.
Roger’s her husband.
Well, was, apparently.
I stand gazing open-mouthed round the blood-drenched kitchen.
I’m not really surprised that she murdered him, he was such an irritating wee turd.
I sigh and shake my head, lift my arms in a what-are-we-going-to-do-now sort of gesture.
Some mess, eh? Candy says, calm as ever.
I turn and see her smiling at me over her shoulder.
She’s at the sink, rinsing the carving-knife.
There’s wine in the fridge, she says.

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Quite chuffed to have 6 short pieces included on this Audio Drama Network in the USA:

Just click on item #2, and ta rah!

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20 Responses to Kitchen – Carrot Ranch

  1. I liked this a lot. I liked how you used the ‘candy kitchen’ prompt and the story was extremely creepy and chilling. Now I’m trying to figure out who the fellow is who walked in the unlocked door: friend, lover, nosy next door neighbor, police officer?


    • ceayr says:

      Glad you enjoyed, Michael.
      First name terms, knows and dislikes husband, gets a smile and directions for wine…
      I wrote her as a friend, but the reader has always the right to interpret differently!


  2. Charli Mills says:

    Sinister and delightful, C.! The scene, and the wine, reveal much about the nature of their relationship. And I love the play on words with Candy as a woman’s name, and “kitchen” her response.

    Hey! Congratulations on the Sunday Showcase!


  3. I love it! She’s feisty. I wonder if her friend the narrator will get a better ending though.


  4. Jules says:

    Hm… I bet that was a big ‘Ouch’ too. 😉
    Some deal better with grief than others, eh?


  5. Oh my. Somehow I feel like Candy will get away with this. Her calm is what makes it creepy.


  6. Liz H says:

    Sheesh, but you run with a rough crowd. What a bloody mess has been made!


  7. Lindsey says:

    Ooh err! Creepy. I like it. 😊


  8. jenne49 says:

    Oh dear, I shouldn’t be laighing – but I am!
    Great story, only 99 words that say so much about this marriage.

    And Transatlantic Terror is a good heading for the stories in the podcast.
    They’re truly disturbing wee gems.


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