Once Upon a Time (Flash Fiction)

Congress of Rough Writers January 19 flash fiction challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less) begin a story with “Once upon a time…”

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Once upon a time…

Jane Doe flushes under the smiling, expectant gaze of this most attractive man. Imagine, someone asking her out to dinner! Here is proof that her efforts are worthwhile, a few dollars a month for the gym and access to a shower, her thrift store clothes carefully selected. Maybe she’s pulling it off well enough to fool a potential employer.

She entertains Cinderella’s daydream for a second, then shakes her head regretfully. He likes her now, but what happens when he finds out she squats in an abandoned house?  At least Cinderella had a proper home.


Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

4 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time (Flash Fiction)”

  1. This story, this character is growing in power. You have something amazing happening with Jane Doe. Ah, so hurtful Even Cinderella was better off cleaning ashes. At least she had a home. Great flash!


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