49 Boxes

This week’s Flash Fiction Challenge comes from Carrot Ranch. Since I missed the deadline to submit to be featured in the collection tomorrow, I’ll post my story here and hope it gets found.

January 31, 2022: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the ’49ers.” Who or what are they? What is the significance of the number? Do you follow the Gold Rush history or venture into new territory? Go where the prompt leads!

“Do we have enough chairs?” Betty asked Cyrus, who was concentrating on counting.

“Forty-seven, forty-eight, forty-nine!” Cyrus exclaimed. “We have 49 chairs, mommy!”

Betty looked over her seating chart one more time. Tears began to form when she looked at the table with grandpa Harold.

Jacqui held Betty. “I miss Grandma June, too. Although she’s gone, we are blessed with Junior and Suzie.”

After the family enjoyed a long-awaited reunion, they took family photos. Harold is surrounded by his five children and their spouses and their two ex-spouses, 20 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and four significant others. The ’49ers.

Thanks for reading.

The math is listed below.

  • Harold – 1
  • 5 kids – 1+5= 6
  • 5 spouses and 2 ex-spouses (ended on good terms) – 6+7 = 13
  • 20 grandchildren – 13+20 = 33
  • 12 great grand children – 33+12 = 45
  • 4 great grand children’s significant others – 45+4 = 49

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