All Are Welcome Here

Wife carrying Competition, jumping a hurdle
Image based on IBT(2014), with my apologies

A little flash fiction around a prompt of “Wife Carrying.” Because maybe that’s the true test of a strong partnership:

It’d never occurred to them that their participation might not be welcome. Celebrating the fortitude and stamina required to go the distance in marriage–what better way to do this than with a test of physical endurance? 

There was some confusion at the starting line as to which was the wife, but the buffalo-plaid-flanneled officiant had held up his gun, told all couples to get ready, set…

Pat hopped on Toni’s back, and they giggled their way through the course’s hedges and water traps. Everyone applauded when they were awarded first prize. This was, after all, the 21st century!

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2020)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (01/09/2020): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a carried wife. Why is she being carried? Who is carrying? Pick a genre if you’d like and craft a memorable character. Go where the prompt leads!

 

11 thoughts on “All Are Welcome Here

  1. Pingback: Carried Wives « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. I like the small details that are telling — the buffalo plaid officiant, the giggling and confusion over which one was the wife — it’s subtle which makes it more real. I like that you brought this one to life!

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