CARROT – Michelle Ross


When Helen Cuddy was a girl, she once yanked a massive carrot from a grassy field in a public park. She’d thought she was ridding the park of a weed. When the orange bulge emerged from the earth, she couldn’t have been happier than if that carrot had been made of gold. A carrot! To think that countless children had passed by the inconspicuous clump of green, giving it no thought at all. Years later, she joked at a party that her gravestone ought to read, “Here lies Helen Cuddy. She found a carrot! Growing all by its lonesome in a public park!”Her partner J.T. then said, “Or maybe it should read, ‘Here lies Helen Cuddy. She found a carrot once. She was on the lookout for stray carrots forever after, but she never did find another one.’”




Michelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Nashville Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other venues. She is fiction editor of Atticus Review.



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