Fall Flash – I

She twirled; her dress sparkled as it swirled around her ankles. She stared in the mirror, a vision in silver and white from head to toe, the pale pink of her lips the only color in the palette. She stared in the mirror, the icy blue of her eyes betraying her as a single tear trailed down her cheek.

“It is time”, her father says, “Time to go down and end this”.

“Must I?” She asked quietly.

“It is too late for regrets now, dammit. I told you to keep that aspirin between your knees!”


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  1. Val, intriguing story. The young woman sounds like she has the making to be quite a character. Kind of reminds me of the girl in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Earlier this year or during the last election, some congressman, an older guy, brought up the concept of aspirin behind the knees. I think he was talking about how easier birth control was in his day, when all a woman had to do was put aspirin behind the knee. That was the first I’d heard of that, too.

    • It is so strange Monica, the aspirin trick is such a well known ‘trick’ down here. That and a quarter. The fool of a congressman is what brought this story bubbling up, by the way.

  2. Ut-O, somethings in the oven.

  3. Well at least Father is not throwing her out. That’s a positive thing.

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Aspirin between your knees! I’ve never heard of that before!

    This was great, Valentine 🙂

  5. Gray Dawster says:

    What a wonderful feast you give us every time you flash, I think that I should perhaps rephrase that but because you know me well enough I think that I have got away with being naughty 🙂

    Seriously though Val I have enjoyed your FTP and I know that whatever you put your mind to in this blogosphere that it will be a quality read 🙂 Have a truly delicious rest of evening and of course a wickedly enjoyable Thursday also 🙂

    Andro xxxx

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this one and happy to see you back my friend.

      • Gray Dawster says:

        I am slowly getting back into the driving seat now Val, and through August and beyond I will be adding a lot more content, and certainly visiting everyone too as that has been rather lacking of late 😦

        I hope that your Tuesday has started with lots of happiness my great friend 🙂

        Andro xxxx

  6. Omgosh,
    what a surprise! xx

  7. Zing! … but I don’t understand the aspirin/quarter thing.

    • Perhaps Frank it is a girl thing, many of us heard this one from our mothers, grandmothers especially in the South. It was the preferred method of birth control.

  8. This is fantastic. You have a knack for saying so much with just these few words.

  9. Are they going down the street or down to the basement? Either way, so glad I was never given that advice.

    • Well given the whole idea came from my Texas roots, likely just down some big stairs to make a grand and sad entrance. I can’t believe you weren’t! But glad to find someone who wasn’t.

  10. In my neck of the woods, it was a quarter not an aspirin.
    At least Daddy didn’t say, “I warned you.” Ha-ha. This is delish.

  11. What a price to pay for a single transgression. The transgression being that that is what passes for sex education all too often. Nice flash, Val.

  12. I loved your last line and remembered my Grandma using that expression; you are indeed the crowned Queen of the Twist

  13. Val, wonderfully written and the image of her is striking. I can just hear her father, too.
    Thanks, great flash!


    Val that was great!!! very funny literally laughing out loud. A beautiful rite of passage only revealed to be that of necessity. Nice Val, Freaking nice.

  15. Bwahahaha! Just desserts happen to suck. So old fashioned. I love it. ❤ xxx

  16. This is excellent. I remember my grandmother joking about the aspirin between the knees when I was in high school…haha…maybe that is trend we should start talking about again~

    Creative as usual!! Love it :_)

    • I remember my mother and my grandmother suggesting this, they were not joking.


      • Well….

        It would be effective, right?

        I just received a ‘call for help’ from someone who has a 15 year old son waiting for the birth of his daughter. Yikes. Aspirin would have been an easier option for this kid and his girlfriend I’m thinking….


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