This weeks’ flash fiction challenge comes from Carrot Ranch.
February 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “I’d rather be…” You fill in what comes next. What would a character(s) rather be doing and why? How can you use the phrase as a literary device? Go where the prompt leads!
6:04am. With a phone against her ear, Barbara was trying to get Jenny to stop jumping on the bed.
“Morning Jane. Jenny’s class had a COVID outbreak. Sorry for the late notice. I’ll keep you updated. Bye.” Barbara pressed her phone against her forehead, dwelling on Jane’s response. Again? she’d say. This will be unpaid leave.
“Sweetie, you have until 6:15 to get dressed, teeth brushed, and hair brushed. If I see you in the kitchen by then, your pancakes will have a chocolaty smile.”
I’d rather be going to Zoom school, crafting, and cooking with Jenny anyway.
Thanks for reading.