I’d rather be … #99WordStories

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writes to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “I’d rather be…” You fill in what comes next. What would a character(s) rather be doing and why? How can you use the phrase as a literary device? Go where the prompt leads!

This is my response. I hope you like it.

I’d rather be …

‘I’d rather be dead!’

She ran into the street in a downpour of tears, yanking at the sweater as if it crawled with monsters.

‘Don’t worry. She’ll be back,’ said Dad.

‘I only suggested —’

‘I know. But teenagers like to choose what they wear.’

‘She always did. Even a toddler — so dramatic.’

‘Like someone I know. Would you have worn your mother’s old sweater at her age?’

‘I did and was grateful for it.’

‘You were poor. We can afford to buy her a sweater.’

‘There’s nothing wrong with hand-me-downs.’

‘But The Bay City Rollers? Really?’

‘Well —’

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

Note: The collection of stories made in response to the previous prompt Zippers can be read at the Carrot Ranch here.

45 thoughts on “I’d rather be … #99WordStories

  1. Pingback: I’d Rather Be… Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Jules

    I had hand-me-downs until I grew taller than my sister…
    Certain ‘savings’ aspects are generational. But… 😉

    FYI I know a Mom who spent money on a sports letter jacket for her child – that once the child moved didn’t want anymore. Now the Mom wears it!

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    1. Norah Post author

      There was a rink reasonably close to me (20 mins by bus maybe) when I was a teenager. That was long before the Bay City Rollers came onto the scene. I don’t know if it still existed then anyway. I never rocked and rolled but I sometimes watched after I’ve collected my week’s books from the library. 😉😊

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      1. Prior...

        No disappointment at all! The opposite A was delight! I don’t like horror and dark and gloomy – just my preference – anyhow – I think my eyes opened wide when I read the opening screaming 👀 and was like – huh???
        But then sat back and enjoyed the direction you took – quite clever

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