Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the seventieth piece in this series. This week’s is a 78-worder by humour / literary novelist Kathy Lynn Harris. This story will be podcasted in episode 24 (Sunday 5th May).
The night rain is sharp, cold. Wind throwing it like needles toward my face. I watch my daughter get out of the Buick, cross my arms across my chest.
Then, the baby? Crying. No blanket. No shirt. Getting wet.
—No, I whisper.
She steps under the buzzing porch light.
—We have to stay here.
I squint into the storm behind her.
—But you signed him away.
—I changed my mind.
—Take him back.
I asked Kathy what prompted this piece and she said…
I’m writing a novel right now about a family wrought with drama and hard decisions when a teenage daughter returns with a baby that she has already placed for adoption … and then taken without permission, which is basically kidnapping the child from the soon-to-be adoptive family. I wanted to create a pivotal scene that told the foundation of that story in less than 100 words, yet fill it with emotion. My husband and I adopted our son as a baby six years ago, and our open adoption has been a wonderful experience. Writing this novel (and this flash fiction), though, has made me face those long-ago fears as if they surfaced only yesterday.
I love how you can get so much out of so few words. Thank you, Kathy.
Kathy likes to play in the snow year-round, which is easy since she lives in a log cabin in the high mountains of Colorado at 10,500 ft. above sea level.
Stellar mountain playmates include her husband, her son and two fairly untrainable Golden Retrievers who own both couches.
Her website is kathylynnharris.com.
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