Friday Fictioneers – Dark Matter – the prequel

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 – the prequel

“There’s nothing to stop you having a baby,” said the gynaecologist. “I recommend your husband takes a sperm test.”

“He won’t,” said Fiona.

The consultant shrugged.

Trevor, her husband, was working in the observatory in Tenerife that week. Fiona phoned their friend, Mark.

“You must keep this absolutely secret,” she said. “You know Trevor and I have been trying to have a baby for years. Well, Trevor’s the problem. I wondered if…you’d be the dad? – only without telling anyone.”

“Are you sure you want this?” asked Mark, as they climbed into bed.

Fiona nodded.

“Just don’t tell anyone, that’s all!”

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33 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Dark Matter – the prequel

  1. Dear Penny,
    I’m not sure that Fiona is thinking this through. She’s letting her desire for children get ahead of her love for Trevor. If I were Mark, I’d run from this at top speed!

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, Dora. You’re right about Fiona, I’m sure. She desperately wants children. I disagree with you about Mark, though. Men take risks to have sex with attractive women, and love doesn’t necessarily enter into it. I think many men would go ahead under the circumstances. However, it’s certainly going to lead to difficulties for both of them. I’ve just started planning a novel around the situation which will work out some of the complications! Mark will find himself obliged to confront his moment of weakness, I think.

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      • Sounds like the kernel of a great novel, Penny, the characters very much alive in your mind and the tensions/conflicts inherent in Fiona’s “solution” driving the plot. Great fun, for the novelist, I mean, and layers of truth/human nature/moral choices to be explored, the kind of novel Tolstoy would say is worth writing.

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  2. Bad idea! I’m glad the mystery is solved, but… Yet still! It’s not 100% certain her hub is not the daddy. DNA testing must be done to settle everyone’s mind. Not ideal, but maybe things will work out…

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Lisa. I agree that DNA testing would bring things into the open, but I’m not sure not everybody would want that. Sometimes it’s easier to remain ignorant of certain inconvenient facts!


  3. That’s a can of worms opening there! One wonders how many..throughout history…..I only have to look as far as the GB royal family to ask that…


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