The Convention

“Life used to be less complicated.” Hal shook his head.

“No, it wasn’t.” Valerie chuckled.

“Then what is that supposed to be?” Hal pointed at a person.

Valerie looked, twisted her head this way and that, then scratched her cheek. “Oh, Kris.” She called their grandson over and pointed. “Is that a boy or a girl?”

Kris glanced up. “Um…yes.” They looked confused, which made him laugh. “He’s a trap. A really good one, too.”

With that, Kris returned to the convention with his friends. Valerie looked at Hal with raised eyebrows. “Yep,” she said. “It’s more complicated nowadays.”

This 99-word story was written for the Carrot Ranch’s Flash Fiction Challenge


Opposites Attract Challenge April 18

Welcome to the Opposites Attract Challenge!

For this challenge, I provide one word and a list of its antonyms. The challenge is to use the prompt word AND one (or more) of its antonyms in some form of writing (or creative work).

Explore the word and its opposite … challenge your creative side


Today’s prompt: restful

Antonyms: boisterous, clamorous, clattery, deafening, loud, noisy, raucous, rip-roaring, roistering, romping, rowdy, tumultuous, unquiet, uproarious, woolly (also wooly)