The Optimist – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “Optimism”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Optimist

I suppose I’ve always been an optimist.
When I was young and my father beat me and slapped Mum, I kept believing things would get better.
When he had that horrible accident and they took her away, even though she’d done nothing wrong, I still hoped things would improve.
The children’s home was horrendous.
I was small and scrawny, so I got bullied until Big Basher had that terrible accident.
I went into foster care but they were nasty people.
Then they had that ghastly accident.
I’m in prison now, but still quite optimistic.
Even here, accidents can happen.

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19 Responses to The Optimist – Carrot Ranch

  1. So well done. His optimism is chilling.


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  3. Bridgette says:

    I love this take on a small one reclaiming power through “accidents.” Very nicely done.


  4. Optimism can be a deadly trait…..sometimes.


  5. Now that’s what I call a brilliant set-up! You had me going from the very beginning, my dear C.E. How very clever of you ❣️


  6. I see you’re back to old habits of termination with extreme prejudice under pressure and making us laugh at it. 🙂 Long may you rule.


  7. Liz H says:

    Eric Idle-approved! Just as every penny has a bright and a dark side, so every Janus has a beginning and an end. Devilish fun!

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  8. jenne49 says:

    I suspect I shouldn’t be laughing, but it was so well set up, so ‘normal’, just like the reading – and so understatedly gruesome.
    Perfect music at the end too.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. This is great, at first I felt really bad for our young’un and then I realised … I think I’ll keep my distance, I wouldn’t want any accidents happening to me!

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