Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Nutty Aunts

I’m back at Carrot Ranch, joining in the short fiction challenge. Thank you for having me 🙂

Thanks Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch for organizing and for for this week’s prompt!

Nutty Aunts

I used to have ten aunts. Now unfortunately only two are still alive. Although I was fond of all of them, I never had a very close relationship with any of them because I never lived in the same city, region, or even country as any of them. I used to see them mostly during the holidays.

The good thing about seeing relatives only during summer vacations is that we usually had fun and loving memories; picnics at the beach, sharing ice-cream for breakfast, outings to the nearby countryside, games in the evenings, and pillow fights with my cousins!

On the other hand there were also the typical family squabbles, tantrums, and skeletons in the cupboard that occasionally ruined the fun.

This might have happened, or I might have imagined it…

Aunt Lucy (99 words)

“Your sister should have married.”
“She’s perfectly happy on her own.”
“I suppose you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to live with her, can you?”
“What do you mean?”
“She’s as mad as a hatter.”
“What a horrible thing to say! She’s not mad. She’s just different.”
“Look at her clothes and her sixty-year-old hippy friends. They still smoke pot for crying out loud! Thank God we had the sense to adopt her child so she could have a normal life.”
The door opened.
“I wondered when you were going to tell me Aunt Lucy was my mother.”

Sorry it’s a little dramatic. I think it’s the winter that does it to me!

But fear not and remember Shelley’s words:


In response to Charli’s prompt over at the Carrot Ranch The prompt February 4, 2015 prompt:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a nutty aunt. What makes her nutty? Is it the situation she’s in or a quirky habit? She can be anybody’s aunt. Maybe she’s really somebody’s uncle but wants to be an aunt. Maybe it’s the name of a cowpoke’s horse, a hockey team or a village pub. Follow where the prompt leads.

Respond by February 10, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!