Charli Mills at presented this November 9, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that pivots around an unexpected ending. This is my response. What do you think?


Until the Bitter End

A story of 99 words Written by Kerry E.B. Black

 Candy grew into her name, sweet and eager to please.

She was young when she married a widower and took his children into her heart. She lavished attention and care, sacrificing for her family and believing in happily-ever-after. No treats for herself. Instead, she provided trinkets to please them. She attended and applauded their school performances. She encouraged their every success.

Neighbors whispered and pointed, accusing Candy of neglect and abuse. Her stepchildren portrayed her as negligent, and others somehow believed them. Candy grew bitter and withdrawn. When was she cast as the evil stepmother in the fairy tale?

evil-stepmother-cocktail*Thanks to Cocktails by Cody. *Substitute raspberry or cherry juice if you don’t like pomegranate. 🙂