At Home

 

The other 5th graders’ desks were covered with pink and red Valentine’s cards. Hers was empty. At home, her tears were met with laughter and reminiscing of “school days”.

Rumors went round the 7th grade about her and Marcus Paloni. She stood alone. At home, her tears were met with suspicion and annoyance of “gossip girls”.

Peter Morris dumped her three days before prom. It was a prank. At home, her tears were met with wistful sighs and talk of “childhood crushes”.

At home for Christmas.

Her tears were met with anger and accusation. Other people have “real problems”.

 

 

Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch

 

December 2, 2016 prompt: Not Allowed In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something or someone not allowed. Go light, go dark, go where the prompt leads you.

 

Sarah Brentyn Reef 99 Words - sig

 

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10 thoughts on “At Home

  1. Pingback: Not Allowed « Carrot Ranch Communications

  2. This is so sad, Sarah. When the outside world is cruel, home is meant to be a safe haven. When the home is also cruel, where is one to turn? Rejection as a prank? That’s not funny.
    Great flash. I’m feeling that rejection.

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