My 99 words for Carrot Ranch’s sandy challenge:

When she.received a less-than-perfect science grade, Betty felt the earth shift beneath her. Nobody else noticed, which she thought odd. Maybe it was an earthquake that caused the disruption. Maybe something else.

It happened again when she discovered her old dog died. The ground gobbled up her feet, pulling and miring like wet sand.

She phoned her bestie, Margaret, but Margaret sobbed, “My parents are divorcing.” Margaret’s tragedy trumped a lost pet. Betty ‘ s head spun with worry, and she stumbled, weak-kneed.

Life continued, as it will, and with every setback, Betty sunk deeper into sands felt by Noone but her.