Wishing Star: 99 Word Flash Fiction

Crushing, celebrating crowds filled the foreshore. Multicoloured glo-sticks made it seem as though finally, I’d found the end of the rainbow. I was sitting in it. Laughter rang out amidst the hum of chatter. It was  awhile before countdown to New Year would begin and the fireworks would explode in the night sky. 

“What’s up with you Gemma?”

“Nothing. Why?”

“You’re the only glum face here that why.” Peter stared at me but I turned my eyes heavenward searching the storm clouds that obliterated the stars.

“I want to make a New Years wish but my star isn’t there.” 

In response to Charli’s prompt :

December 28, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a wishing star. It can be central to the story or used in a different way. You can have a character interact or not. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 2, 2018 to be included in the compilation (published January 3). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

New Year is upon us and I hope everyone will have a very Happy New Year and that it brings to fruition those dreams you have been turning into reality. It has been a wonderful year at Carrot Ranch with the weekly 99 word prompts, the Rodeo (the first competition held by the ranch in the month of November) and the publishing of our first anthology – a compilation of 99 word flashes, some longer flash fiction pieces and essays, and a section on teaching flash fiction as an art form.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Wishing Star: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. It’s there. Your star is there.

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  2. My heart is breaking for Gemma. And for little Peter who is sensitive to her moods.

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  3. Awwee. It’s there, just hidden behind the rainbow 🙂 Happy new year Irene.

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  4. A. E. Robson says:

    That trusted star that guides us is not always visible but it is always there.
    Happy New Year, Irene.

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Your Australian New Year’s celebration with crowds, glo-sticks and storm cloud sounds like the equivalent of America’s 4th of July celebrations! How sweet that Gemma is looking beyond the crowds for her star.

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  6. Pingback: A Wishing Star « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  7. Good story. And, you are so conscientious to read and comment on everyone else’s!

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