The Silent Bomb- Carrot Ranch.

It was Henry’s tenth birthday and strangely his big sister, Kate, was only too happy to bake his cake. Indeed, she even suggested Mum took Henry out for a special, birthday milkshake.

Mum was so proud of her thoughtful daughter, that she jumped onto Facebook: “Proudest Mum moment. World’s Best Daughter! Milkshakes with Henry, while Kate’s baking Henry’s Birthday Cake.”

Meanwhile, Kate carefully cut out the middle of the cake. Blew up the balloon, stuck it inside and smothered the lot in chocolate icing. The bulging cake might have looked nine months pregnant, but at least it didn’t tick.


March 8, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a balloon. It can be a party balloon or a hot air balloon. How does it add to your story? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by March 13, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published March 14). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

xx Rowena

15 thoughts on “The Silent Bomb- Carrot Ranch.

  1. NorCal Zen

    Awesome! I’ve never been very good at writing short stories. I have so many words bubbling around in my head. It’s definitely more challenging to tell a good story with fewer words, great job!

  2. Rowena Post author

    Yes, Willow. I think Kate is going to feel very small after that explodes. That, or perhaps they’re a family that likes pranking and has a good sense of humour, but I don’t think so.

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  4. Rowena Post author

    That requires a bit of thought. If it was me, I would, but I’m sure so many people only put the best of it out there. I don’t think she’ll be updating that story. She strikes me as a bit of a brag-book Mum, which might be why the daughter did it in the first place…trying to get her Mum’s attention. Hadn’t thought of that before.

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