So thrilled to see one of my new pieces of flash fiction up in the June edition of The Collagist: “What We Know of the Animal” was written in my prompt writing group, and revised later, of course.
The two prompt words were “dating” and “curtain,” and here’s where to read the result (which will take you about three minutes, tops): http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2017/5/19/what-we-know-of-the-animal.html
Here’s the first paragraph, in case you need more information before committing to that three minutes:
"No one says dating anymore." Thirteen-year-old Stephanie is always proud when she's able to correct an adult, especially her father, who's barely listening. To be honest, he barely listens to most conversations, so she shouldn't feel particularly special or at all dissed, though whenever she's with him, she feels both. He's gifted with the politician's ability to sustain lengthy, complicated, even heartfelt conversations while barely listening; questions, answers, words are an empty flow, like the whooshing sound spiraling through a seashell.