The Shot – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

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

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Shot

I hear a gunshot.
Through the gloom I see a figure slumped against my car.
I run towards it, my eyes sweeping the area.
As sirens approach, I recognise the pale, huddled form.
And struggle to breathe.
It is Val, the woman I loved and left all those years ago.
Her face is pale, blood seeps through her coat.
Her eyes flicker recognition, her lips twitch almost into a smile.
Take this, she whispers, pushing something into my hand.
I look down at the still warm gun.
She clasps her gloved hands around mine.
Got you, she says.

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14 Responses to The Shot – Carrot Ranch

  1. Oh, she did get him. That is some tale of revenge!


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  3. jenne49 says:

    She put a lot of time and hate into that act of revenge!
    (It’s what you say in the not saying…)
    Devious and satisfying twist, although not so much for the ‘hero’!
    Excellent story.


  4. Payback is a bitch, as they say. She got you good.
    Excellent write, C.E. ❣️

    Was the music “Those Were the Days” made popular by Mary Hopkin? If not, the gypsy strains are so familiar and will haunt me all day until I figure it out.


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