Flash Fiction Friday – “Back Flip”

As I wrote this story for this week’s Flash! Friday challenge, I was reminded of how precious the time we have with our families is. As we move into this weekend, may we take care to soak in these timeless moments, and be sure not to take a single one for granted…


“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12


Shiva. CC photo by Raphael Goetter.

Back Flip

“You can do it, Emmy!”

I was shouting much louder than the other mothers, and they all gaped at me. I ignored them. My little girl was on the balancing beam, and that was all that mattered.

She teetered for a second, but caught her balance and executed a flawless back flip.

“HOORAY!” I cheered. “That’s my little girl!”

The others were whispering, and finally one woman approached.

“Susan, what are you doing here?”

At this I snapped. “Supporting my daughter, what does it look like?”

Someone had called security, and a guard gripped my arm. “Come with me, Miss.”

I protested loudly, until the woman whispered, “Emmy broke her neck three weeks ago. There’s no one on that balancing beam.”

My anger dissolved to bitter tears as they hauled me away.


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