Secrecy – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

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

Click here to hear the author read his words:


You said it was love at first sight, but I’m not sure even you believed that.
I think it was more about lust, about the secrecy and the excitement of stolen moments – forbidden afternoons in cheap hotel rooms, on a blanket on that secluded beach, or even in the back of your new car – that put two marriages at risk.
Well, neither marriage survived when your brakes ‘inexplicably’ failed as you swept into the always deserted car-park above the gorge.
I met his wife at the funerals, of course.
She seems nice, and in need of comfort…

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20 Responses to Secrecy – Carrot Ranch

  1. Gloria says:

    All wrapped up nicely in 99 words!


  2. Great twist at the end, CE. Cleverly written.


  3. Cassa Bassa says:

    They deserved it….perhaps…

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  4. Liz H says:

    A twist, so well done and so naughty to boot!


  5. jenne49 says:

    Funny how loud inverted commas can shout in changing the thrust of a story.
    And how much information can be contained in 99 words.
    A wry tale with a satisfyingly twisted ending.
    Love it.


  6. Oh so typically you, CE, with that neat little twist at the end that sneaks up and grabs you by the (fill in body part here).
    Something tells me the widow won’t be lonely for long.
    Well done, dear boy.


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