Welcome to a piece of Wednesday Word’s flash fiction on Darkling Dreams!
A good friend of mine, P.T. Wyant, is doing a blog post every Wednesday called Wednesday Words with a new prompt for a bit of flash fiction writing, just to get in the habit of writing something, anything. (Even if said flash fiction is complete garbage at the time. Garbage is better than nothing though, right?) If you’re looking for some inspiration yourself or just something to aimlessly write, then go check out her blog for this week’s prompt!
With that being said, I am going to share what I came up with for this week’s flash fiction Shard based off a three word combination prompt. So here is my very rough around the edges minute of inspiration based off her prompt. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!
(Please excuse any errors you may see, I said it was rough around the edges.)
“Now where the devil did I put that…?” Paige’s mumbling trailed off as she rifled through a stack of growing papers upon the table. “Jade!” she called, tilting her head up toward the stairs for a brief second. “Are you ready yet?”
“Oh I’m ready,” her daughter replied as she meandered down the stairs with a backpack slung over one shoulder. “The better question is, are you ready?”
Paige huffed, frantically sorting through more papers while Jade joined her in the kitchen and leaned back against the brick-oven stove, one hand shoved in the pocket of her black skinny jeans. Her eyes flickered up and over her daughter’s choice of clothes, biting her tongue from saying anything to her all black attire, or the numerous wrist bands, couple rings, and the necklace adorning her. Not to mention the makeup and green-tipped black hair…
Why couldn’t her daughter just be normal and proper like the rest of the family? Not this rebellious, punk rock phase.
“Have you seen my list of possible donors to call? I was working on it last night and I know I left it on the table here somewhere…” She paused, glancing up. “Today is Tuesday, is it not? I didn’t miss the meeting, did I?”
Jade rolled her eyes a little more dramatically than her mother cared for and looked to the hand-picked, hand-made family portrait calendar hanging on the wall. “Yes, mom, it’s Tuesday. You’re meeting is at ten. Dad’s meeting with a possible resale client is at one. You’re having dinner with your boss at five to go over logistics, and dad is going to pick up Billy on the way home from school while I head off to my study group for biology. And your carefully crafted list is on the dining room table, not this one. You’re at the wrong table, and room.”
She blinked once, twice, just staring at her daughter. Sometimes she honestly believed Jade had it more together in life than this whole family put together. Heck, she could probably run this family more efficiently than her and John. Without a response though she hurried off to the dining room. Sure enough, laying upon the table was her list and with a whisper of gratitude she picked it up and shoved it into her portfolio.
An action she probably shouldn’t have done for she’d probably spend the half hour before the meeting searching frantically and panicking once more.
Paige rushed back out to the kitchen to grab her coat and eyes, kissing her daughter on the forehead despite her disgruntlement as she passed by. “You’re a lifesaver, hun. What would this family do without you?”
“You’d probably all lose your heads,” Jade replied calmly, pushing off the stove to walk past her mother who was now looking for her keys shoulder deep in her purse. She scooped them off the hook on the wall and dangled them in the air. “Looking for these?”
She looked up and smiled lightly, stopping her search to pull on her coat. “We truly would lose our heads. Let’s get going before we’re late.” Ignoring the subtle amazed shake of her head her daughter gave, she hurried past with Jade in tow to the garage.
“Yeah, we know, mom.”
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