Memory Lane (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

Jane stares at the jumble of x’s and y’s and numbers and parentheses. There was something. ..Excuse My Sister Sally…she tries to recall it but it slips away, like the tail of a fish under water.

She’d breezed through the English placement, no problem. But how many years since her high school algebra? College entrance exams, at her age!

Really–you’d think if she stared hard enough at this typographic soup, it would be intimidated enough to rearrange itself into something that made sense.


Every week, Ivy at Uncharted hosts the Six Sentence Stories flash fiction linkup. This week’s cue was “entrance.” Fun Sixes from other writers 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.

13 thoughts on “Memory Lane (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. I really wanted to understand algebra in high school, but I did not, tried to hard to wrestle it to the ground. It was only years later, way, way too late, that I realized the best approach (for me) would have been to consider it a foreign language. That way I would focus on acquiring the vocabulary and then the syntax, rather than what I did, which was to believe it was something I should understand.
    nicely…. musical Six (no, really the rhythm of this one made me immediately think of a song)

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  2. Algebra was the one high school course that made absolutely no sense to me, and I have never found a need to use it since! I can sympathize with attempting to complete math entrance exams, and you portrayed that feeling of dismay well here!

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