CONFLICT

I saw it as I entered the bathroom. A syringe; needle attached. An alcohol wipe. Horror shuddered through me. It can’t be! How is this possible? So many times I have seen it, but never here.

Breathe calmly, I think. Pull yourself together.

I find her in the kitchen.

Dropping the syringe on the table, I Look accusingly at her.

She looks down, and away, collecting her thoughts, searching for a lie.

“It must belong to my diabetic friend, Lyndsey,” she says.

Quickly, I grab her arm, pull up her sleeve.

“Mum, how could you!” I wail.

© Jane Paterson Basil

10 thoughts on “CONFLICT

    1. Thank you, Jane. You demonstrate instead of telling. So often, writers tell, tell, tell, until it sounds like a lecture. The story says a lot of different things. Perhaps, if I were caught, I may have stopped. Who knows? Thanks,
      Dale

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks for following my blog, and thanks for your lovely comment. I really enjoy 100 word stories, because they’re an exercise in self-restraint, and as an addictive person, I need that restraint.

        I wanted to comment on your blog,but when I tried to, I believe I was asked to include my email address. Am I mistaken?.

        Like

Thank you for dropping by. If you have any thoughts, questions, treats or cures, you're welcome to drop them in the comment box.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.