“The Lemon Queen Festival,” #flashfiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge for August 27, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features Lemon Queens. Maybe it’s an ancient fairy tale or a modern brand name. What ideas seep into your imagination? Is there a character or place involved? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by September 1, 2020.

“So, what does it say?” Francine asked.

Rachael stared at the positive pregnancy test results in her hand. “It says I’m pregnant. Now, I’ll never fit into my dress for the Lemon Queen Festival.”

“Mom’s going to blow a gasket when she finds out. What are you going to do?”

Rachael pondered her sister’s question before answering. “I’m not sure. I might have to live with Dad.”

“Mom will never let that happen. Just tell her the truth!”

“Tell me what?” Mom asked from the doorway.

“I’m going to miss the Lemon Queen Festival this year,” said Rachel sheepishly.

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.” 

― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid


32 thoughts on ““The Lemon Queen Festival,” #flashfiction

  1. Truth has its place. When someone’s memory is fading due to dementia sometimes it just as well to leave out some of the details, that they’ll likely forget anyway. But when you tell the truth and someone else down right lies to get out of their responsibility (like to return a phone call)… that annoys me.

    First reactions can be harsh, but then if communication is allowed things might settle out.

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  2. This 99-word short hints at so much more to come! Very typical of an adolescent to think about not fitting into a dress when she reads the results of a pregnancy test.

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