The Carter File – Weekend Writing Warrior

weekend_writing_warriors_header3All right all, I’m trying to make good on my promise to post twice a week. I missed last Sunday but managed to get my Hump Day Haiku two weeks running. Now for the WeWriWa’s post. Here goes nothing!

Molly made it to the McCreedy’s yard just as the distant town clock tower gave a double chime. At the same moment, Angel’s long-limbed figure came into view from the opposite side of the yard followed by her younger sisters, Bets, and Paige. The trio nodded a silent hello to Molly, and together the four of them entered the barn together.

Inside the barn, a group of about twenty had gathered in the shadowy space whose darkness was periodically interrupted by shafts of blue moonlight seeping through the cracked and weather-worn roof.

“As you all know, we are here to discuss a very serious matter,” proclaimed Miss Cups’ confident voice, quieting the din produced by small talk and greetings from the meeting’s attendees. She stood on the far side of the barn from where Molly had entered atop makeshift stage supplied by farmer McCreedy’s dilapidated tractor. Seeing that she had everyone’s attention, Miss Cups continued, “So far, three of our number have fallen prey to the vile beast posing as the human Mrs. Mary Carter. This alien creature has taken up residence in our fair and humble community, keeping hoards of maddening parakeets, and poisoning felines every chance she gets!” Miss Cups swished her tail with agitation, punctuating her words.


Happy Sunday All! I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from my short story, The Carter File. You can read the whole story at one of the following links:
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This story was originally a writing challenge between my friend Renee and I (the other half of Every so often we challenge each other to write a story off of a prompt, image, or from a particular genre. The Carter File is the result of our Conspiracy Theory Challenge. You can read Renee’s story on the Dueling Librarians site.

Thank you for participating! I look forward to reading all of your excerpts. WeWriWa/8!

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia Varady is an award-winning freelance writer and co-owner of the book review website, She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Cynthia has her BA in English Literature from Sonoma State University, and her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Occasionally, Cynthia can be found voicing characters in casual video games, including Stella in the Aveyond series. She is presently working on a young adult fantasy novel.

8 thoughts on “The Carter File – Weekend Writing Warrior

  • March 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    LOL! This would make an excellent piece of flash fiction! I know you describe it as a short story though as flash, it works beautifully. Sure am glad I clicked on your link today! 🙂 That writing challenge you and your friend do is a great idea BTW.


    • Cynthia Varady
      March 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I haven’t done the Weekend Writing Warriors in ages. I almost forgot I had set the post to publish, then I received your comment. I better get to clicking links! Thank you again for taking the time to comment. I like the idea of adapting this to a trimmer flash fiction piece. That would be a fun challenge. Have a wonderful Sunday and a great Easter. Cheers!

  • March 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I can just see Miss Cups up there, giving her tail-swishing speech!

    • Cynthia Varady
      March 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

      She’s so intense and bossy. I love her! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my excerpt. Now it’s my turn to return the reading love. Have a great Sunday and an even better Easter. Cheers!

  • March 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Nice scene-setting. I haven’t been following along so didn’t realize until the very end that these were cats. I re-read with fresh appreciation. Annoying parakeets indeed! Can’t have that 🙂

    • Cynthia Varady
      March 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      You aren’t suppose to know they’re cats until the end, so you were totally on point. Thanks so much for reading!

  • March 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I’m not sure yet what’s going on (which is fine) but this strikes me as hilarious. Nice snippet.

    • Cynthia Varady
      March 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks, Ed! It’s a pretty hilarious concept. Cats are aliens spies who, during naps, upload all they’ve seen to their masters, the Andromedians. Now they have to expunge another alien who has been murdering their friends to keep her parakeet collection safe.

      Thanks so much to reading and stopping by! Have a great Sunday. Cheers!

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