Gold – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “the colour of hope”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:


Every morning I waken early to watch the sun’s golden rays creep over the headland and skip happily across the calm waters of the bay towards me.
Bathed in its glow, I resolve that today I’ll do it.
I’ll make the call.
But, as the day progresses, I lose confidence, unsure of how you’ll react.
Actually, the truth is that I’m afraid of your reaction.
Of more rejection, more pain.
So, as the sun drops behind the western hills, taking hope with it, I wrap myself in a blanket of loneliness and promise, again, that tomorrow will be different.

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13 Responses to Gold – Carrot Ranch

  1. Hope fading with the day’s light… but resurrected daily. Cool.


  2. This sort of procrastinating is quite relatable to many people. Great story, C.E.


  3. jenne49 says:

    That first sentence – so beautiful and full of hope.
    That last sentence – so beautiful… and sore.
    Human life, non?


  4. Lovely piece, great tone and feel to it.


  5. Liz H says:

    Lovely, C.E.!


  6. Lovely and touching, C.E. A place many of us have been before in our lifetime.
    The little music clip is very familiar; an ’80s band similar to Duran Duran I believe but I can’t put my finger on it so I won’t try to guess and embarrass myself with yet another wrong answer. Tsk, tsk. Shame on me.
    But your verse is quite poignant. And your voice – well, what can I say……


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