Flash Fiction: Overheard Kitchen Conversations #shortstorysunday

Overheard Kitchen Conversations (2015)

Mother was talking on the phone. She must have thought her little girl playing on the floor too young to understand or hear.

“I feel as if something’s missing. A void I cannot fill,” tears covered mother’s cheeks.

Little girl stood up and hugged mother’s legs. A hand reached down to push her away, the wrist revealing scars. Little girl obediently sat back to her play.

“I cannot find myself in my life,” mother continued to the receiver.

Little girl observed mother. She also wanted to cry, but was too afraid.

“I have nothing to live for,” she heard.


This flash fiction was written for the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge.
March 18, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story to reveal a characters symptoms. It can be something the character is oblivious to, or terrified about. It can be a character concerned for a pet or a motorcycle. The symptoms can be what ails society. Go where the prompt leads. Or sleep on it, and see what a dream brings to you!

13 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: Overheard Kitchen Conversations #shortstorysunday

    • Thank you, Sacha.

      Bits and pieces came to me during a concert on Friday. When I finally got a chance to sit down and write Sunday, this came out.

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  2. So powerful, as if you captured the moment when the cycle is passed down to the next generation. We think children to young and perhaps they are too young to understand at the adult level, but they feel emotions and disconnection. Amazing what stories bubble up when at a concert! 🙂


    • Thank you, Charli. It may very be that moment, or at least the start of many moments that the cycle gets passed down.


  3. Very poignant flash. I agree with Charli, young children pick up all too easily when things aren’t well with the parents. Beautifully expressed in so few words.


    • Thank you, Anne.
      As a mother, I know, children read us better than anyone else. Young ones are especially attuned to their mother.


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