The Accident

“So tell me what happened,” asked Granny knitting by the roaring fireplace. 

“It was surreal,” whispered Carrie, lying stretched out on the chesterfield with a heating pad around her neck. “One minute I was making a left-hand turn out of the parking lot and the next minute I felt as if I was sitting there watching the accident unfold in a slow-motion movie.”

“Sweetie, you had what is known as a shock induced out-of-body experience. I like to think of it as the Universe’s way of protecting us.” 

“Cool. ‘Know what Granny?”


“You’re exactly what I need tonight.”


I wrote this in response to Charli Mills’ November 30th Flash Fiction Challenge. In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story.  Go where the prompt leads you.

I invited Carrie and her Granny back for this flash fiction episode, hoping they could offer a unique perspective on self-care. They’ve appeared in my stories before. You can read them under Comfort Food and Chocolate Cake.




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  1. Granny can set anything back to rights. After such a shock, she’s just what Carrie needs and that’s a form of self-care — awareness of one’s needs and seeing they get met.

    I love the photo, too. I thought of Granny in that chair.

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    1. Thanks Charli. I certainly struggled getting my thoughts into 99 word story this week. I was trying to express a unique perspective on self-care. I wondered if the slowing down of time and senses by our mind is not a form of ‘extreme self-care’. When this happens, the body doesn’t feel anything – you watch events unfold. My Hubby’s experienced it once, I’ve read about it, and even experienced it once in my own life as well. And I like how you expresses self-care: awareness of one’s need and seeing they get met. Sometimes we all need a Granny in our lives who can help us set things right.

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      1. I think you are right, that the mind’s survival mechanisms are extreme self-care. It’s one of the struggles veterans have with PTSD because their minds conformed to a similar survival mechanism. Elite units even use these mechanisms for extreme training. But no one turns it off or sends soldiers home to Granny. Maybe that’s what we all need is Granny with us during recovery.

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