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).
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.”