99 word #prompt : line

May 3, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  https://carrotranch.com/2018/05/04/may-3-flash-fiction-challenge/


A classroom, 1956, parent-teacher day.  Helen struggles to understand why her mother hates the newly married Princess Grace.  Where is the line between good and bad?  Are movie stars always bad, too? 

Better not interrupt their conversation… too dangerous. She sits quietly, hoping her mother’s time will run out so she can go home and hide in her room.

“Look at this!”  Her teacher says, holding up a picture Helen had colored.  “She made the sky black!”

“They’re rain clouds,” Helen explains.

“Hateful child,” her mother hisses at her.

No one cares to ask why Helen’s sky is black.