Point of No Return (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)


Becca gives up, pitching the filament-thin allen wrench across the room, where it hits a blocky imitation wood table with a wan and entirely unsatisfying clink.

Maybe some-assembly-required Swedish furniture wasn’t such a good idea after all.

“I’m sorry, ma’am, we don’t do reverse delivery. If you need to return something, you’ll have to bring it back to the store.”

“I…can’t..DRIVE,” Becca hisses into the speaker, before pitching the phone after the allen wrench. Well, she could probably quell her driving terror with enough wine, but that would be defeating the purpose, wouldn’t it?


Each week, Ivy at uncharted hosts Six Sentence Stories, a flash fiction linkup. This week’s cue was “return.” More fun Sixes are here.


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.

17 thoughts on “Point of No Return (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. Consumer frustration level 10, we’ve all been there. “Easy assembly” never is, nor is “easy return”, and customer service seems to be a disappearing art. I feel for Becca, she’s already under so much pressure and little straws can indeed break the proverbial camel’s back. I keep hoping life will turn the corner for her soon, she needs something good to give her hope! Excellent writing…. very relatable!

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  2. Who hasn’t had experience with putting together Swedish furniture? We can all relate to this story – I’d be drinking wine while I was assembling the parts and attempting to read the directions.

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  3. I have some things here I need to box up and send back–but fortunately nothing as big as furniture! I think almost everyone can relate to the frustration your character is experiencing.

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