For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #199, based on the image above from the WordPress Free Photo Library.

“Tommy? But you’ve hardly been going with him two minutes. How did you manage that?”

“You remember I told you how our first date went well?”

“Holy shit, Lisa, I didn’t realise you meant that well!”

“I wasn’t planning anything. I came off the pill after Bobby, I wasn’t expecting anything to happen. But Tommy was so nice… It kinda got out of control.”

A pause.

“Does he know?”

“Nobody knows yet. Only you.”

“Well you should tell him, you know. You’re gonna have some big decisions to make, real soon. And from what I’ve seen, he seems a decent guy. He might even help you through this.”

“I don’t wanna get him involved.”

“Involved?” Cathy touched Lisa’s belly. “For fuck’s sake, Lisa, don’t you think he’s already involved?”

“What if he’s not interested? Or, what about that new law? If anybody realises he even knew, the cops could come for him.”

“Fuck the law. Try him.”

“That’s easy for you to say. But I can’t talk to anyone. Hell, Cathy, I was even scared to mention it to you.”

“Me? Hey, Lisa, whatever you decide, we’re tight. Don’t worry on my account. I’ll help you any way I can. If you decide to keep it, I’ll be here for you. If you abort, I’ll find things out. We can fly out of San Antonio, we’ll be back two days later, like nothin’ happened. Hell, girl, I hear those lights in Times Square are something worth seeing!”

A further pause.

“Don’t worry, Lisa”. Cathy patted Lisa’s knee. “Just say the word. I can find all this out. But it sounds like you’ve got some thinking of your own to do.”

Prompt image for the Fandango's Flash Fiction prompt


  1. I know two women who had abortions. Neither one regrets it, but neither has completely moved past it. It’s like a part of them is stuck back there. I’m glad that I never had to face a decision like that.

    I hope you and your wife had a lovely Christmas, Pete.

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  2. Great interpretation of the picture and a timely commentary on the tough decisions many American women are struggling with thanks to conservative and religious politics and a far right Supreme Court.

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  3. As a short story writer, reading this blog post about Lisa and Cathy’s conversation about an unexpected pregnancy had me on the edge of my seat. The fear and uncertainty in Lisa’s voice as she grapples with the weight of her decision is palpable, and the support and love from Cathy is heartwarming. It’s a difficult and emotional situation, and the way it is written really pulls at the heartstrings.

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