Holy cow! It’s here! My first sale to a SFWA-endorsed pro market!
It’s hard to tell you more about this flash fiction story than the story notes at the end, but it’s become my tradition, so here goes:
Earlier this year on the Codex site, there was a flash fiction contest. This story was written from a prompt for the contest, and edited afterwards to correct storyline and tighten the prose. I have to give extreme kudos to Vylar Kaftan, who ran the contest and provided 1) such great prompts, and 2) an additional list of things to consider when writing flash for publication. I grabbed a few of those additional things, and the whole shebang turned into this tale of a wife and mother in a truly terrible situation.