This was written for Friday Fictioneers. Thank you to Rochelle!
Iron Fist (98 words)
My mother’s philosophy was throw them into the deep end, sink or swim.
Davey and I learned early to avoid mother’s dictates. Lexie never did. Maybe it came from being the middle child, desiring to be noticed, loved, but she tried so desperately hard to be the child mother wanted without realizing mother never wanted any of us.
Lexie changed on graduation day, when mother said, “Second in your class? That’s despicable.”
I expected Lexie to crumble, instead her jaw tightened and her coffee brown eyes, the same as mother’s, narrowed. “Far better than 568th.”
Truth overrules iron.
19 thoughts on “Iron Fist”
I always say it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s what school you went to
lol Maybe so! Thank you, Neil! 🙂
Truly a stunning story. Go Lexie!
Thank you so much, Rochelle. I hope you are having wonderful travels…which I suspect is so from your pics. Color me green. 🙂
Ah, ha. It sounds like Lexie has been finding some things out about her mother. Now it’s Mom’s turn to crumble. A good story, Sascha. Well written. 🙂 — Suzanne
thank you so much, Suzanne. Yes, Lexie is smart enough to figure things out.
Good one Lexie, the child has finally become an adult it seems.
I think you’re so right, Iain! Thank you. 🙂
Love this for several reasons. You captured the family structure in a few words, but you also captured the change and growth in Lexie in particular as well as how observant and on point the witness to the event was. LOVED this!
Thank you so much, Phyllis!
I hope you are doing well!
Your welcome. I have to speak up cause wow! Doing not bad. My son bought me a new computer chair for mother’s day so I can now sit and work on my novel and answer others which I couldn’t do because the pain of sitting was just terrible. So rah rah rah! woot even lol
Hits close to home. How did you know??? 🙂
Intuition and my crystal ball. 😉
Kudos to Lexie! Boo! to Mother.
Well done, Sascha.
Thank you so much, Dale! 🙂
Thank you, Sandra! 🙂
BAM! MIiddle sister got a spine : :
Yes, she did! Thank you, Linda! 🙂