Carrot Ranch has selected the winner of the Rodeo Flashfiction challenge #6. This prompt was a doozy!
Challenge #6: First we had to sign up to receive a real US Rodeo bull’s name from the snickering, evil competition designers…. I received “Voodoo Child” (oh, great).
- Stories are to be 107 words long in 8 sentences.
- Stories are to include the two words drawn as your prompt (you may change the order of the words and they do not need to be adjacent).
- Write a fictional story that involves facing a challenge or fear.
Cici done hate hospitals, but Miss Clara drug her there on account of her drowned daughter, wee girl fixing to die.
“Can you help her?” Miss Clara say, crying and wringing her fingers like washday linens. “Do your… voodoo?”
Cici take no offense, for Miss Clara’s hurt so raw and deep it reach between them like they share a heart. Mothers do when they lose a child. Cici know it a grief to swallow the world.
Cradling the child’s doll, Cici chant some mumbo-jumbo over it like she made of magic. She coo, longing to believe, and pass it to Miss Clara like it a newborn soul.
To read Kerry E.B. Black’s winning submission and other judge favorites, click here: Carrot Ranch