Just One Chance (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Carrot Ranch Communications March 16 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about the idea of “just one.”

Stretch the Heels by Jeremy Brooks, Flickr/CC.

Spotting the building ahead, Jane stops to check her reflection in a bakery window. Nervous fingers pluck at her clothes, smooth around her hairline. It’s been months since she last wore foundation. Her clothes haven’t manufactured any wrinkles, her shoes pinch. She’d been at the gym to shower and dress at three this morning to allow for bus travel time.

After countless applications, finally, an interview! She murmurs prayers to a god she needs to believe in right now as she approaches the building, clutching the portfolio holding her resumé. All she needs is this chance. Just one chance.


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.

3 thoughts on “Just One Chance (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. Wonderful flash! So real – I could visualize and feel it all. Use of a bakery window as the storefront window Jane checks herself is a perfect choice with subtle, layered symbolism in it. Bakeries provide nourishment not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. They are always such a happy place – even if you don’t buy anything. It was just the right boost for Jane as she goes for her interview.


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