99 Word Stories

“Gold Rush Aspirations,” #99WordStories

The Carrot Ranch flash fiction prompt for this week: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the ’49ers.” Who or what are they? What is the significance of the number? Do you follow the Gold Rush history or venture into new territory? Go where the prompt leads!

Submit by February 5, 2022. This challenge posts every Monday on carrotranch.com.

Trixie’s dress rustled as she delivered another round of ale to the group of49ers seated at the table.

“Hey, Trixie, when I strike it rich will you marry me?” murmured one man as he stroked her leg.

Trixie answered, “Sure, but you’ll have to show me your gold first.” The men howled with laughter.

She knew it was the ale talking. None of these men would marry a whore. Besides, she owned a stake upriver from Sutter’s Mill.

The weight of the gold sewed into the hem of her dress made her smile. Soon, this bordello would be hers!

© Colleen M. Chesebro

30 thoughts on ““Gold Rush Aspirations,” #99WordStories”

  1. Another “Oh Wow!” Colleen.
    I went a different direction (which is part of the fun) but this was really vivid.
    It also mirrors a lot of the tone of what I think was going on during those crazy years.
    Well done!

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