“The Dig,” Flash Fiction

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

February 22, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a unicorn. It can be realistic or fantastical. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by February 27, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published February 28). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


As an archeologist, I spent hours looking for the bony remains of ancient creatures. Today, my frustration mounted. The land yielded nothing. If I didn’t find something valuable soon my funding would end.

A dry wind blew eddies of grit across a long, twisted object lodged in the ground. I brushed away the sand unveiling the skeleton of a prehistoric horse with a horn projecting from its skull. My trepidation mounted. Who would believe I had unearthed the bones of a mythological creature – a unicorn?

I felt the tremors of the earthquake begin as the land reclaimed my secret.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


happy saturday Enjoy this magical day! ❤

49 thoughts on ““The Dig,” Flash Fiction

    1. Thanks, Jane. You know, writing flash fiction is like writing our poetry. Every word and syllable matter. ❤


        1. I agree. I’ve learned so much in the last couple of years after writing my first novel. Wow! ❤


    1. Ohhh… this was tough. I struggled with the ending. So glad you enjoyed. ❤


  1. I wandered into CarrotRanch today. Not even sure how I got there. I tried the challenge. Great fun! But my contribution is probably too typically boring. lol Love what you did! I’ll get the hang of it!

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    1. LOL! Good for you. I love those inspirational posts. It’s a real challenge to put something together with 99 words. I’m so glad you got involved. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. You totally get it! Just because you haven’t seen it… doesn’t make it less real. ❤ 😀


      1. This flash and its character are worthy of exploration, Colleen. I made my novel character an archeologist and I have had the greatest fun exploring her profession, even going to archeology field school. In fact, one of the archeologists that I met and who has been a beta-reader for me lives in Colorado. Ha! Maybe we can start a new genre!

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        1. I love it! Archeological fantasy! HA! My Heart Stone Chronicles are based off of a magical calcite stone… I love rocks. I really do need to work on this story in more depth. I’m trying to get book 2 finished first. LOVE it, Charli! ❤

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