A Question of Identity

I didn’t write this for the April 18th Flash Fiction Challenge
I wrote it as part of a longer story in 2014.
Guess what? Ninety-nine words exactly.
I think it kinda fits the prompt, in a tangential kinda way.
I’m gonna roll with it, if it’s OK with you, Charli.



Jimmy and Nancy continued to go steady for about three more days after the party.  A year after high school Jimmy managed to secure some venture capital and founded a software company in San Jose.  There’s a scholarship fund named after him now. Nancy works at the Speedy Mart.

Tito never came back from Vietnam, still MIA.

Becky is the Assistant DA of Lincoln County and has been in a committed relationship with Samantha Christian since she got out of law school.  Samantha is a stay at home mom, taking care of the two boys she and Becky adopted.


The prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about gender. It can be fixed or fluid. Explore the topic on your own terms and open your mind to possibilities and understanding. Go where the prompt leads!

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8 thoughts on “A Question of Identity

  1. I see more positive adoptions for both couples and single parents in all combinations – if people are willing to take on that responsibility and are capable there shouldn’t be stumbling blocks of intolerance.

    Spot on good for thinking on all of your paragraphs/ verses.

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  2. I first read this when I arranged the compilations because my process is wonky at the moment while we stabilize after my husband’s surgery. I found the flow artistically interesting and a fitting exploration of gendered lives. When I read what you did, I got excited. I love when 99 words “just happens.” That means the constraint has become a recognizable brain pattern and will be easy for you to access quickly. And I appreciate that you are going back to original material to rework. Great skills for a writer to hone!

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