When your life is a lie…


Week of May 23, 2017

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you, Louise!

“Stacie! Don’t go close to the water!”, shouted Jack. Stacie, his daughter, was busy taking selfies near the shore.

“She’s 16 years old, Jack, I think she can handle herself. Just enjoy yourself. I don’t remember the last time we sat like this.”, said Martha. Their 5-year-old Sam was throwing stones in the water. Jack held Martha’s hand, took a deep breath and relaxed.

“What took us so long to do this?”, asked Jack.

“We waited for Sam. I don’t know why it took so long for him to come into our life.”, said Martha. “Stacie is fine. But Sam is our own……..”, Jack was interrupted by Martha, “Where is Stacie?”

Jack looked around, “It’s okay, she’ll be nearby.”

Martha said, “But what if she is not?”

Jack said, “Well then it’s good that she is adopted.” Martha nodded.

Stacie was watching her parents from behind a tree. The smile on her face was replaced by horror when she realized her parents weren’t joking. She knew now why everything changed after Sam was born.

(173 words)

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17 thoughts on “When your life is a lie…

  1. Wow… I am shocked too.. Never would have guessed! Amazing flash fiction.

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  2. A great story!! loved the ending

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  3. a tough realization for a 16 year old. Blood is thicker than water and this story sticks to it. a perfectly etched flash fiction.

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  4. The ending was befitting. Nice story, Shivam.


  5. A shock for her, but also her adoptive parents come across as really horrible people!

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  6. omg ! she has my sympathy 😰

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  7. These people are horrible. My brother-in-law and his wife adopted four sisters and I know they love them very much.

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    1. I agree! After I wrote it I wanted to punch them. I also know a lot of people who adopted a child and love them more than anything. This is just one scenerio I tried to put. I know it’s a little uglier than I first presumed.


  8. Omg!! A tale told well, hope little Sam puts some sense into the couple.

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  9. Poor girl. Hard enough to learn that you’re adopted, but to have your adoptive parents treat you so callously is enough to scar someone for life! Nicely done. 🙂

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  10. Poor girl! They don’t deserve to have her in their lives. Unfortunately, this seems to happen a lot.

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  11. Lies are usually painful, as you showed here. A very creative but real take on the prompt.
    Sands of Time
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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