99 Word Count

By Ami (Gypsie) Offenbacher-Ferris


February 7, 2022, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt and special assistance from Dr. Avery . Form In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes anxiety.

Reposted by D.Avery @shiftnshake


The pounding on the door was beginning to irritate me. My recliner wasn’t too far away from it but it might as well have been a million miles.

My neighbor let the paramedics in with his key. I tried to tell them to go away but, as I couldn’t breathe so well, nothing emerged but a strangled gasp for breath.

Oxygen installed over my nose, the little paramedic diagnosed me with an anxiety attack. He suggested I seek out professional help. They left.

Leaving me alone in my recliner with my mask on, still battling COVID-19 and pneumonia.


  1. Charli Mills says:

    A terrifying experience to have an anxiety attack when breathing is already difficult. Thank you for submitting to the Challenge at Carrot Ranch!

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    1. Thank you for having me Charli! 😊


  2. Hope you’re feeling better Ami. Scary stuff.

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    1. Getting there – apparently I’m a “long-termer!” Never do anything half way!! Thank you! 😊


  3. Ami, I sure hope you get feeling better soon.
    You have written a fine story in response to the challenge. If you change your mind and decide to put it into the form at the above address you would be published with a good supportive group at Carrot Ranch. And it happens every week!
    I’d be happy to help you if you had any questions.

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    1. Thank you most kindly! I think I’ve gotten it! You are so sweet and I appreciate your efforts on my behalf greatly!! 🙏😊☺️

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  4. Hello.
    Your story would be frustrating. Anxiety can seem like something else, but sometimes there’s something else, like pneumonia! Either way they weren’t at all helpful it sounds like. The details in this say so much.

    Regarding the prompt. Please be clear that I am just a respondent to the Carrot Ranch weekly challenge and not a host or publisher. To participate in that weekly challenge go here:

    February 7: Story Challenge in 99-words

    but Charli would prefer that people do not use the comments for their stories. There is a form in the post and when that is used she will publish your story along with the others on Wednesdays. It would be linked to your site. She runs a great challenge and a great site, I encourage you to look around there.
    I was surprised by your pingback, but if I was helpful to you in connecting you to this prompt that’s a good thing. (But it’s not really my thing.)
    Keep writing!

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  5. Sadje says:

    Must have been a frightening experience.

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    1. And very frustrating too. 🤗😃😁

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