Dear, Sweet Sugar Report

“Looks like t’mail’s come,” Private O’Boyle said. He leaned over the M-2’s exposed, greasy innards and smiled at his friend.

Pfc. Flanagan grinned back. The two watched a soldier unloading a canvas bag.

“Betcha got one from Mary,” O’Boyle teased. He dodged Flanagan’s kick.

“Oh; aye? And what of you, Joseph O’Boyle?”

O’Boyle pretended sudden concentration in securing a bolt. A smudge of grease almost worked to hide his half-smile.

“Aha!” Flanagan said, “I knew it.”

“Knew what?”

“You’re not foolin’ anyone! You’ve had more Sugar Reports from Miss Josephine Callahan that the rest of the unit put together!”


Written with a few ancestral names for this week’s prompt from Carrot Ranch:

February 13, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a sugar report. Use its original meaning of a letter from a sweetheart to a soldier, or invent a new use for it. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by February 18, 2020. Use the comment section to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

©2020 Chelsea Owens

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21 thoughts on “Dear, Sweet Sugar Report

    • Chelsea Owens February 17, 2020 / 4:58 am

      It helps the medicine go down. 🙂


  1. Jules February 17, 2020 / 7:55 am

    Nice way to keep family history alive. While I have some photos I have very little written material from any of my grandparent or parents. Knowing their names is just a start.

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  2. Bruce Goodman February 17, 2020 / 9:08 am

    With O’Boyle, Flanagan, and Callahan, I’d say you definitely have ancestors from somewhere around Latvia.

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  3. bereavedandbeingasingleparent February 17, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    Beautifully done. I’m going to have a real push on this. Don’t want to leave it before it’s too late and stuff becomes lost.

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  4. Norah February 18, 2020 / 4:00 am

    Well done, Chelsea. I enjoyed the light-hearted teasing. I’m sure it is true to life.

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  5. masercot February 18, 2020 / 4:55 am

    Check out the pins on that babe! Whatta doll!

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  6. Charli Mills February 19, 2020 / 9:31 pm

    Rollicking ancestral names, Chelsea. I enjoyed the easy banter that build a scene in my imagination.

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