99 word prompt : Open door

August 5, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about an open door. It can be literal or metaphorical. What is behind the door? Who is seeking and why? As the writer, how will you manage the discovery? Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH



Boleslaw vonSzankowski | Gypsy Woman with Flowers | MutualArt


“Be wary of con artists,” Mom said.  “They’ll open doors you thought impossible to enter, and you’ll beg them to take your money.”

Her clothing was modest.  She never traveled farther than the county’s edge.  When strangers entered our town she sequestered us inside the house and closed the curtains.

When she died, we found a poster of her.  Young, wearing a gypsy-like outfit that showed off a well-endowed chest, the caption said, “Madam Truepetto, fortune teller.”

Next to it was a newspaper article titled “10 most wanted,” her picture on top.

I opened my own doors after that.