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Posted on May 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Extinguishing her cigarette in the ashtray, Kira Covington let out a heavy sigh. This was gonna be harder then she ever imagined. Telling her husband about the baby that wasn't his. Raising the bottle that she had placed on the table stand; she poured herself a small drink, then added some. Better to be drunk during the excitement that would no doubt erupt inside her husband when he arrived home and heard the news, but then she thought better of it. Swirling and staring at the liquid that she now held out in front of her she knew it wouldn’t be wise to drink, but even more so, she knew she would need to have her wits sharp and keen... when he arrived.


“I should’ve left that asshole along time ago when I had the chance,” she spoke to the glass as if it had ears. “Christ, what the hell am I gonna do?” she added while shaking her head in disgust. Rising from the chair she now started pacing, and talking to herself.


Think... think girl think.


What if he never found out.


That’s crazy. How could I ever keep this baby a secret from him?


Just as she was setting her glass back down on the table stand the garage door opened. He was home. “Shit,” she murmured as she reached and picked back up the liquid and downed her glass of secrets. Yes, now she was ready to tell him the news. No, she still wasn’t. She would wait and keep quiet for now until she could figured out a way to keep this new baby a secret from him.


Her million dollar winning lottery ticket.

Categories: Russell Potter, Short Story

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3 Comments

Reply Phil Neale
6:44 AM on May 20, 2010 
Sneaky man it is that you are.

Read this one before, but it's still as good.
Reply Admin Frank
4:22 PM on May 24, 2010 
Good read for sure... seems like the kind of piece that keeps you thinking afterwords.
Reply Brokenwing
7:56 PM on September 30, 2010 
Well done "flash" fiction. Enjoyed it.