Making a Scene – FFfAW#59

Below is a piece inspired by the prompt at Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The key elements were the photo below and a word range of 100-15o (+-25).

Painted cows

This week’s photo prompt is provided by S. Writings. Thank you S. Writings!

Making a Scene – 169 words

Lila watched the familiar blue car pull into the parking lot. She mimicked Mama’s sigh from the front seat.

“Get your backpack on, Lila. I need to talk to your dad for a sec.”

Lila knew what that meant. She’d overheard Mama telling Aunt Suzy “that son of a bitch didn’t send his support check again this month.” Mama only called one person a son of a bitch.

She pulled the collar of her fleece up around her ears to try to keep out the sound of the adults arguing. It didn’t work.

She stared at a pair of painted cows in a display across the street, hoping if she didn’t look at her parents, they’d stop yelling. They didn’t.

When Mama opened the car door, Lila wasn’t sure she should get out. It was Daddy’s weekend, but Mama’s face was blotchier than the painted cows’. Lila clung to the door. “I don’t wanna go.”

Mama pushed her toward where Daddy waited. “Get movin’, Lila. Don’t make a scene.”


12 thoughts on “Making a Scene – FFfAW#59

    • I’m not sure how I got to this scenario from the painted cows this week! I guess they just reminded me as a nice distraction from the ugliness of real life. We need those distractions sometimes. Thanks for your kind words!


    • I appreciate your kind words! I’ve watched so many kids get stuck between parents. I know it’s tough for parents to navigate divorce amicably, but it’s heartbreaking when the children are pulled back and forth.

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      • I wonder if in those moments, if we pushed pause and could replay how we were reacting if that might help. I think it is human nature to hit breaking point and blow up, not thinking about the potential consequences in the fury of the moment..


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