Create the possibilities

Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge - exhaustion

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads!

Feeling a little overwhelmed with extra demands on my time over the past few of months, coupled with a recent battle with the flu, I didn’t know if I could muster enough energy to respond this time. But when this blog’s tagline includes the words ‘Create the possibilities’, I thought I should give it a go. I hope you like my response.

Exhausted possibilities

Jolted awake when the bus reached the terminal, they grabbed their belongings and stumbled out. The driver shrugged when asked about accommodation.

‘NO VACANCY’ signs flashed along narrow streets. ‘NOT WELCOME’ lists accompanied the few with vacancies.

Trudging back to the terminal, hoping for seclusion, a ‘VACANCY’ appeared where none before. An old man bade them enter, waved away their money and installed them comfortably.

“Thank you. Thank you,” they bowed, and collapsed into sleep.

In the morning, they were alone. A note lay on the table:

When you think you have exhausted all possibilities, there is always more.”

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Thank you for reading. I appreciate your comments. Please share your thoughts.


46 thoughts on “Create the possibilities

  1. Jules

    When something like that happens… I think of living angels.
    Kindness is a gift that can keep on giving. And that kindness remembered will be offered to someone else – paid forward.

    Our weather when it changes always makes my sinuses act up. A full blown cold can get in the way. So can life. Stay healthy and keep spreading the magic! Your story made me smile this morning and that is spreading the magic!

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    1. Norah Post author

      I agree, Jules. Kindness is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s especially powerful when we pay it forward. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the story and that it made you smile. That is magic.
      Thank you for your kindness.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Charli. No need for tears though. I must have unintentionally exaggerated my situation. I wasn’t looking for sympathy. There’s just been a lot going on and it’s been hard to find a moment. Being sick doesn’t help but I think I’m okay now. I just wish I’d stop coughing. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Kate. I finished one of my jobs today but still have another to go. I feel some of the weight has lifted but can’t rest yet – soon! 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Anne. I finished another of the jobs today. Yay! Still another (much smaller one) to go. I’m still cough, cough, coughing but feeling much better. I wasn’t really exhausted, just overwhelmed with too much going on. Thanks for your wishes.



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