Recovery Ranch

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up led by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at Addicted to PurpleThe Challenge – write a one hundred word (plus or minus) story with a beginning, middle, and end inspired by the picture*. The Key – make every word count.

The picture is worth a thousand words. These are another one hundred.

*Image Copyright © G.L. MacMillan

Recovery Ranch


“Why don’t she let nobody in there?” asked Jude, the newest at the ranch.

“She don’t want to,” Harlem answered. “Shut your face. Be glad you got a bed and food.” He smacked Jude upside his head. Jude moved to punch Harlem, but Nomy walked outside.

“Calm yourselves, boys,” she said. “This is a glass house, and I shall throw no stones, but you will throw no punches, or it’s back on the streets for you.”

Fourteen heads bowed. Two more than allowed by license, but Nomy knew the Sheriff would only bring, not take away. It was her penance.



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33 thoughts on “Recovery Ranch

    • Could be anything, I suppose. I imagine she was once without a roof over her head much like the ranch kids are now, but what led everyone down that path, I’m not entirely sure. Just that they are lucky to have each other. Thanks for reading Alicia.


  1. I wonder what Nomy has done? Maybe the sheriff is covering something up for her, or maybe it’s a self-imposed penance for some real or imagined past indiscretion. Sounds like she’s doing right by her charges, though.

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    • I imagined Nomy was also a runaway and wants to help others break the cycle. But it could be anything. I didn’t develop this very well. It’s more of a chapter than a story. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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