Flash Fiction Friday is a new feature on aliisaacstoryteller, which will run in conjunction with The Friday Fiction. I am inviting all you authors, bloggers and readers to join me and have a go. You can submit here, I will feature only one story each week. Entries can be on any subject, so long as they are under 500 words, but please remember that I write YA, so there may be young people on this site… please keep it family friendly. I really hope you will join me and take part in the craic!
So here is my entry to kick it all off.
“You’re not my real mother!”
She recoils, as if I have stabbed her with a real knife, not just the sharp edges of my words. Her pale lips tremble, the voice they issue so frail I can barely make it out.
“I nurtured you, reared you, devoted the best part of my life to you. What does that make me, if not your real mother?”
But my feet have already jumped the precipice; there is no going back. “She gave me life. There is no greater gift a mother can give a child.”
“That’s not true.”
“You just don’t want me to find my real parents. You want me all for yourself. You’re selfish, and afraid.”
An uncharacteristic hardness settles into the line of her jaw. “Alright, then. I set you free.”
It is not the reaction I expect, and I flounder, speechless for once.
“Get your coat. I’ll show you.”
I have no choice but to scrape up my courage and follow her out the door.
I eye the gravestone, the bare plot, untended and unloved, and wipe the tears savagely from my face.
Sometimes, the stories we make up for ourselves are preferable to the truth. Sometimes, the most twisted imagination can’t compete with reality.
She died young, my birth mother, her life stolen by the drugs she craved so badly for most of it. I had been taken from her as a baby when she was caught trying to sell me in a pub, a desperate attempt to raise funds to fuel her addiction.
Five hundred euros was all I was worth.
I turn away, burying myself in my real mother’s arms. She holds me tightly, stroking my hair, and murmurs softly.
“It was the best five hundred euros I ever spent.”
Don’t forget to submit your flash fiction piece here. Thanks for reading and taking part!