Candy-Coloured Rage

October 28, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a candy kitchen. You can interpret the phrase creatively or stick to the traditional. Is it sweet? Ironic? Any genre will do. Go where the prompt leads!

Candy-Coloured Rage – by Hugh W. Roberts

He loved everything about the house except the candy-coloured kitchen.

Moving through the rooms, Richard destroyed everything in his path, keeping the best until last. His fists did all the work like giant metal balls on the end of chains that swang and knocked down old buildings.

Upon reaching the candy-coloured kitchen, his rage and anger peaked. Moments later, silence surrounded the house until the sound of sobbing interrupted his discernment of achievement.

“What have you done?” sobbed his six-year-old sister.

“If Daddy won’t let me play with your dolls’ house, then nor can you,” a wide-eyed Richard yelled.



Richard first appeared in Edge Of Summer – another piece of flash fiction written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge.

Image of the front of a store called Candy Kitchen
Image Credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.


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38 thoughts on “Candy-Coloured Rage

  1. Oh dear. This is so sad. A new side to Richard. His poor sister. But maybe he just needs to be accepted for who he is. Perhaps anyone would be angry if not accepted.

  2. Oh, Hugh, the pain in this story is undeniable. You wrote it in such a clever way, that the sad twist was not what I expected, though I knew you’d explain the demolition.

    1. Thanks, Charli. As I said to Rebecca, when I saw your prompt, my dyslexic mind took me in a completely different direction and away from the sweet store. I’m building a good picture of Richard in these pieces of flash. He’s defiantly the ‘unstable’ one.

    1. Thanks, Rebecca. When I saw ‘Candy Kitchen’, I came straight out of the box with my dyslexic mind. I now use it to my advantage when writing rather than trying to hide it. It told me to write a piece about candy painted walls rather than a sweet store.

      1. I love it Hugh. That’s such a fabulous way to view it. I’m autistic so I tend to take things literally. Charli mentioned a “quick draw” flash fiction activity she was running with her students and I thought they had to sketch out a quick something to write a flash piece on. Then there’s my ADHD, my mind runs faster than my fingers and it’s never a straight line. Keep drawing on that fantastic mind of yours Hugh, it’s creating beautiful things.

        1. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve had about writing a story from a prompt is to ‘think outside of the box,’ Rebecca. My mind seems to do that anyway. Sometimes it can get me in real trouble, whereas other times, I’ve shocked people with what I’ve come up with.

  3. sounds like something my brother would do …

    Hi Hugh, Bella suggested you maybe able to help me … my mac wont allow me to read downloaded PDF’s, or edit them … any clues would be greatly appreciated?

    much thanks, kate

  4. Wonderful!
    Reminds me of the look on the therapist’s face when my son and I walked into his playroom, and I pointed out the doll house to my son…

    1. I wish we could bottle those looks. They’d be worth a fortune in the future. I can imagine people sitting in theatres laughing their heads off as the film rolls.
      Thanks, Aimer.

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