Unwary – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

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

Click here to hear the author read his words:


These back streets are dangerous places for the unwary.
Her heels click rhythmically as she hurries home from the late-night film festival.
She is suddenly aware that she is being followed.
Her pursuer is closing rapidly.
She knows there have been a series of vicious attacks on women in the area.
She cannot run in this tight skirt.
She stops, backs against a wall.
He leers knowingly, reaches for her blouse.
He doesn’t even see her NAA Guardian pistol before the bullet passes through his left eye into his brain.
These back streets are dangerous places for the unwary.

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9 Responses to Unwary – Carrot Ranch

  1. Pingback: Film Fest « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Charli Mills says:

    Gotta watch out for a prepared woman packing a pistol. Nicely set up.


  3. Liz H says:

    I cannot tell you how much I love this flash of caution to the unwary.


  4. jenne49 says:

    Oh, wonderful twist.
    And the same sentence framing the story … with completely different emphases.
    Such great writing!
    To quote the master, ‘chapeau!’


  5. Terveen Gill says:

    What a bloody twist! Good one. 🙂


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