The Carrot Ranch September 5, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word, “swimmingly.” which means “smoothly or satisfactorily.” What is the situation? Who is involved? Let the word take you into a story. Go where the prompt leads! Submit by September 10, 2022.

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The conversation had not been going swimmingly, and I’ll take part in the blame for the chilly turn. I could not fathom why Marcy stayed with her boring husband. I rolled my eyes as Rob blathered on about nothing.

“Sorry, I’ve got to go.” I deposited my untouched glass of champagne on the table and walked out of the room.

In the hall, Marcy met me at the door. “Leaving so soon?” She slurred.

“Yes, I’ve got an early meeting.”

Marcy was plastered. It was a shame to leave, especially when it was obvious the party had just started.

© Colleen M. Chesebro

28 thoughts on “The Party, 99-word Story

  1. So bleak, Colleen. I guess somehow Rob and Marcy make it work… or not. I’d be out of there too. Great story that evoked some shudders! And thank goodness for early meetings. 😀

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