Playtime

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“I’m hungry,” he cries, a mixture of snot and ice cream caked around his nose.

His mother sighs and disengages a small grubby fist from her denim skirt. Spitting on a napkin, she begins to clean his little face. “Mikey, one ice cream cone is plenty. Go play with the kids.”

The boy hurries to join the others around the swing set.

His mother sits down on the bench.  “That kid is always hungry.”

Silently, I watch the children play.

“You got any kids?” she asks, looking at me.

The sudden lump in my throat makes me dumb.

I’m hungry.

© 2017 All Rights Reserved Kate Loveton, Odyssey of a Novice Writer

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Note: Story written in response to 100 Word Challenge hosted by Thin Spiral Notebook (here).  This week’s prompt was to write a 100 word fiction story using the word “hungry.”

About Kate Loveton

Aspiring novelist. Avid reader of fiction. Reviewer of books. By day, my undercover identity is that of meek, mild-mannered legal assistant, Kate Loveton, working in the confines of a stuffy corporate law office; by night, however, I'm a super hero: Kate Loveton, Aspiring Novelist and Spinner of Tales. My favorite words are 'Once upon a time... ' Won't you join me on my journey as I attempt to turn a hobby into something more?
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23 Responses to Playtime

  1. Sadly, I know so many women who silently suffer with this kind of hunger. Kate, you captured the essence of infertility in a few words.

  2. O.u.c.h. That hurts. ❤ ❤ ❤ Wonderful twist.

  3. noelleg44 says:

    So glad you re back writing, Kate. The end was surprising! Keep thinking about a book!

  4. Chris C. says:

    It started adorably, and finished on a melancholic note. I ached for the narrator at the end. Well done.

  5. Belinda P says:

    Aching and bittersweet, I love it!

    You are a fantastic writer Kate, thank you for sharing your work with us again. I’m eagerly awaiting the next one. Or in the vein of the FF challenge that inspired this story, I am hungry for more from you! ❤

  6. Tara R. says:

    That first line made me laugh and the last one got me choked up. This was lovely
    Thanks for joining in the Challenge, I hope to see you back again.

  7. I remember the flash fictions of yours from before. Nice job! You do them well.

  8. Oh, you’re back! I always look forward to your stuff, Kate.

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