Wicked Witches and Flying Monkeys

A story written in 99 words for Carrot Ranch’s @Charli_Mills

by Kerry E.B. Black 

(Check out Charli’s great weekly flash fiction challenges at https://carrotranch.com/ )


When her husband branded her “wicked witch” before company, Amanda filed for divorce. Name calling in public was the newest humiliation and abuses.

The court awarded child support and alimony, and Amanda invested in a business, a bar. The hours allowed her to care for her children during the day, and the building’s upstairs apartment kept them in proximity through last call.

She devised bewitching drinks and hired a cook. With care, she hung stained glass and fine stemware.

A mutual friend asked, “What will you call the place?”

A fan of irony, Amanda smiled. “Flying Monkeys, of course.”



(photo – Margaret Hamilton as Wicked Witch of the West in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz.”)