“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.