Shadow Woman, 99-Word Story

The January 16, 2023, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a lady shadow. Who is this person and why do they lurk in the shadows. What is the tone and setting for your story? Go where the prompt leads!

Submit by January 21, 2022. Please use the form on the challenge post if you want to be published in the weekly collection. The Collection publishes on the Wednesday following the next Challenge. Stories must be 99 words. Rules & Guidelines.

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Shadow Woman

The witches tried every spell they knew. But rabbits appeared when Hilda coughed.

Finally, Glinda the healer said, “I know what’s wrong. Hilda’s shadow woman needs to be realigned. The Covidwitchitus affected her sense of self.”

Faeryn asked, “Shouldn’t we treat her cough, to stop the rabbits?”

“No, the shadow self are the parts of yourself you don’t want to accept. If we cast a spell for Hilda to accept that she injured the man, she should be cured,” answered Glinda.

The witches formed a circle and chanted, “Hilda’s mistakes don’t define her; how she puts them right does.”

© Colleen M. Chesebro

This is a continuation of the “Carrot Ranch Coven Series.” LOL!

On Sabbatical – Part One

Rabbits – Part Two

35 thoughts on “Shadow Woman, 99-Word Story

  1. I love this story, Colleen. Fun and creative. I learned a new word too: Covidwitchitus. I think I had that, but fortunately, I didn’t get a cough, just a sore throat. 😀 No Rabbits.

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    1. LOL! Diana, I’ve been adding to this 99-word story from the prompts given. It’s been so fun and creative. I think my husband and I had Covidwitchitus around Christmas, too. I’ve never been so exhausted in my life. We’re just now, starting to feel better. I finally got my hands on the test kits. Too late for now, but at least I have them now.

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        1. It was horrible. I was in the middle of my blog tour, plus I was trying to work on formatting a book for a client. It didn’t go well. But, I’m moving forward. My husband is older than me, so I take on his care and the house… you know how it goes. At least, I’m starting to get my strength back. 🧡

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  2. I like this story very much. It says so much more than just the 99 words. Coughing and rabbits appearing is an amusing quirk. The last line is inspiring. Well done.

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