I Was, I Am

She stood outside the car, the driver impatiently snacking on pistachio nuts inside. The waiting seemed interminable. She’d come so far for this moment. Found the certificate stuffed in her mother’s journal. Attended the funeral, dry-eyed, in shock. This was her destiny. Would he recognize it as his?

How could a name inscribed on a document, assume fatherhood after a lifetime in absentia? She held the document in shaking hands, ready to show him the proof. She could see the trail of dust far down the road, kicked up by the approaching vehicle. A new reality was about to materialize.


Written for Friday Fictioneers where the talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields poses a photo prompt each week. Classified by some as “flash fiction” we are to limit our text to 100 words or less. Word Count here = 100  Photo Credit: Kent Bonham


28 thoughts on “I Was, I Am

    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Me too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Adda July 19, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I want to know the ending… :_

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sandra July 19, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Well here’s hoping, but I’m a glass half-empty kind of person. That was a very effective visual at the end there.

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    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      I look at it this way….even if the glass is half-empty, that means there’s room to fill it up 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  3. granonine July 19, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Now, that is a truly original take on this prompt. And I love it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you!!! Haven’t done Friday Fictioneers for awhile. Nice to be back.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. wmqcolby July 19, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Very suspenseful, Lillian, and a great take on the prompt! Nobody blew up, which was nice. But, the emotions probably did in the story. Good ending.

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  5. Nan Falkner July 20, 2017 / 2:07 am

    Lillian, you prove to me that I’m way out of my league in this writing club. You are so very good – I mean it! Really, really good! Nan

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    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thank you for your very kind words, Nan. However, there is no way you or anyone else is out of anyone’s league. I think we all just write to express our words and our souls. I always enjoy reading others’ words….I feel like I learn from everyone else and also get a little peek into their creative minds 🙂 And for me, that’s not a club — that a piece of shared confidence 🙂 Keep writing, Nan! 🙂

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  6. Moon July 20, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Really liked the setting , descriptions and the Mystery . So well written , so much in so few words.

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    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you! It really makes you choose your words carefully when limited to 100. It’s really all about getting the tale on the page….and then editing editing editing! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.


  7. rochellewisoff July 20, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Dear Lillian,

    Here’s hoping it’s good for both father and daughter. Wonderfully told.



    PS It’s good to see you back. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you! Nice to participate again 🙂


    • lillian July 25, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Thank you! I need to get back to my flash fiction more often.


  8. gahlearner July 22, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    It’s a closure to know where we come from, accepted or not. I wonder if he even knew about her… The descriptions are so vivid, I can hear the driver scrunch down his nuts.

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  9. Dale July 24, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    So nice to see you here again!
    Like you, I am a positivist… 😉


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