Friday Fictioneers – Dark Matter

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

PHOTO PROMPT (C) Douglas M. MacIlroy

Dark Matter

Trevor had picked up the letter from the hospital as he left for work; and then forgotten it as he focussed on his application for time on the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It wasn’t until the afternoon tea-break that he read it.

“Sperm count – very low; quality – poor. Conception is essentially impossible.”

Trevor swallowed hard. It was his fault Fiona had been unable to conceive! How on earth was he going to tell her?

Her smiling face as he arrived home that evening seemed particularly joyful.

“I had some wonderful news today,” she said. “We’re going to have a baby!”

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39 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Dark Matter

    • Thank you for such a warm comment, Ain.
      I read your story, and think it’s first class. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to like or comment on it. I signed up (reluctantly) and then got redirected somewhere else.


  1. Penny, perfect title. Clever weaving of what shaped up to be a danged complicated situation. There are so many ways this one could go. I, the eternal optimist, believe the baby is his, the god of the universe being kind.

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    • Thank you for your detailed comment, Anita. There are many ways the story could unfold. I like the possibility that Trevor will prefer to accept the child as his own without saying anything to Fiona.


    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for your kind comment. As you say, it only takes one. However, you’re right that my intention was to write an ambiguous story. After all, although it only takes one tadpole, it also only takes one infidelity. Deep down, I wonder…no, I won’t say here! I think I’ll write a parallel story that will run with this one.

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  2. Oh, Penny! How often I wished I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.
    Decisions must be made. The comments were also fun reads. So many “want” there to be no hanky-panky. Would it add spice or tragedy to the tale? Great story!


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