Busted! (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Carrot Ranch November 9 flash fiction challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that pivots around an unexpected ending.

Jane tucks her hands inside her sleeves. Why is the math lab always freezing?

Dendrite, she writes, but draws a blank. She moves on. Axon. Vesicle. She writes the definitions neatly. The biopsychology final is tomorrow; she’s never felt stupider.

Alarm twinges as the math professor heads her way. Is she going to be reprimanded, maybe lose her lab credits, for working on not-math? The signs are posted everywhere. She shifts some calculus notes to cover the open textbook.

“Jane,” smiles Rosalie.  “Do you have a minute? A tutor position has come open. I thought you might be interested.”

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This is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. Fun flashes from other writers can be found at the Carrot Ranch link above.


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.

8 thoughts on “Busted! (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)”

  1. I could use a math tutor! Not one of my strongest subjects… though I’ve gotten better.
    And I know how to make change at a cash register – which, sigh, most young people don’t seem to know since now everything is automated. 🙂

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    1. In recent college math classes I was pleasantly surprised to discover aptitude I didn’t know I had. And I always like running into someone who knows how to make change and count it back. Definitely a lost skill.

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