Flash Fiction Friday – The Other Side Of Change

March 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to reflect the theme, “ready for a change.” Who is ready and why? How does the change unfold? What happened to initiate the change? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for more details.

The Other Side Of Change – by Hugh W. Roberts

Having looked after her sick mother for the last fifty years, Shanaya looked forward to the change in life she’d often craved.

Caring for her mother had taken its toll on her. She’d missed out on making friends, having somebody she could call her lover, but most of all, having the company of different people.

Standing up, Shanaya looked change directly in the eyes and waited for it to reveal itself.

“You have been charged with the first-degree murder of Evonne Simmons, your mother. I sentence you to life imprisonment, Ms Simmons. Take the prisoner down,” declared the judge.


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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35 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – The Other Side Of Change

    1. Hi Terri, if you’re referring to the Twitter button in the main body of the post, when creating the Social Media Icons from the Social Icons widget, there’s an option (under ‘Styles’) for ‘Pill Shape.’ That’s the one I use. You’ll find it under the settings options for the Social Icons block. However, if you’re referring to the Twitter widget in the sidebar, it too has several options you can choose for how the widget looks. Does that help? Feel free to ask more questions.

      1. Now I have another question (it could be theme related). I’ve noticed in other bloggers’ comment sections that some pingbacks leave a nice box rather than just the URL. I didn’t know if that was a setting on the host blog or something the commenter has set up in theirs. In any case, it really looks nice. Perhaps a future investigation for you, Hugh 🙂

        1. I’ve had a look at the pingbacks in the comments section of my posts, and they’re just links, Terri. However, I have seen some links that look like they are in boxes and all neat and tidy. I see them on the Carrot Ranch blog where I do my 99-word flash fiction challenge, but these tend to be links somebody has copied and pasted into the comments section rather than using a pingback. If you’ve any examples, I’d be happy to check them out and see what I can find out.

        2. Hi Terri, now I see what you mean.

          I tested it out on one of my posts. What she has done is click the kebab menu next to the post she wanted to share (from the page that includes all her posts), and clicked ‘Copy link’ in the menu that appears when clicking the kebab menu. She has then pasted the link in the comment she left you. I wrote a post about the kebab menu some time ago.

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          I hope that helps?

    1. Thank you. She was hoping to have gotten away with the murder, Terri. She had a 50/50 chance of that happening. Imagine how different the change she craved would have then been.

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