FFfAW: The Way of the Dinosaur


Maritsa slid on a fresh pair of latex gloves. She pulled the ham from the shelf and plopped it on the machine. She smiled and handed a package to a lady who took it with her free hand. She held a baby in her other arm.

The smile slid away from Maritsa’s face. She mindlessly patted her belly and called:


For hours her smile appeared and disappeared as she served customers. Later, she tied up her arm. Slid the needle into her vein for a rush of euphoria. Next came the cessation of pain and then the end.

word count: 99

Written in response to the 66th Challenge of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, Week of 05-17 through 05-23-2016. This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan!


6 thoughts on “FFfAW: The Way of the Dinosaur

  1. Oh no! It sounds like she killed herself in the end. I wonder if she meant to or if it was an accidental overdose? I think she was probably tired of her life and decided to end it. Very thought provoking story!

  2. i feel like she was mourning a loss and the everyday regiment finally got too much to bear…..there’s beauty in sadness too, thanks for the story

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