Alyssa Devine Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Alyssa Devine is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.)

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:


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by Alyssa Devine

“Come on, Julie, I’d do it for you.”

“That’s a laugh! Remember the last time you said you’d do something for me? You were supposed to go to my French class last week so I wouldn’t get detention, but you completely screwed me!”

“Well, how was I to know Brad wanted to sneak away for the day and go to the shore. Like, what was I supposed to do? Tell him I had to go to some stupid French class for my twin sister, who wanted to stay in bed another few hours because she didn’t get home from her hot date until one in the morning? You’re lucky I didn’t tell Mom!”

“Well, I couldn’t help it. Jim’s car broke down. Anyway, I don’t wanna do it. It’s not right! At some point, you have to take some responsibility for yourself, Joan. Solve your own problem.”

“Look, Julie, we’ve always covered for each other. It’s what twins do. Ever since Dad walked out and Mom’s had to work two jobs, who else is there? Plueeze. This is important.”

“And if I do this for you, what do I get out of it?”

“I’ll do your laundry for the next month. Every week. Promise.”

“Oh, all right. I’ll break up with Brad for you and give him back his class ring. I never liked him, anyway. But this is the last time I’m doing this for you!”

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