She Never Wanted It Anyway – Submit Your Tenth Short Story Today


We have written ten stories in our 12 short story challenge. Well done to everyone who made it. 

Submission process:

I will accept and approve posts for She Never Wanted It Anyway (Word count: 300 words) from 1 November 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 2 November 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time) on 12shortstories.com.  Please ask Google to figure out what time that will be in your part of the world.

Please use the correct format:

In the post title bar:              Story Title by Author Name.

Just above the story:             Prompt: XXXXXX | Word count: XXXXXX | Genre: XXXXXX

Warning to sensitive readers can go after that.

Can I still join?

If you still want to join 12 Short Stories you can. The next prompt will be your first and you will keep going until you reach 12 stories in 2018. The system allocates one point for every story you submit per month. We will start with a new series of posts in January 2018.

Missed deadlines:

You can still upload stories for the previous prompts, but you won’t earn a point. To get 12/12 you need to submit on time, with the correct word count and have a story related to the prompt.

Here is the procedure:

  1. Read today’s story below.
  2. Post your story on 12 Short Stories.
  3. Read and comment on at least four other stories. Please spread the love. Look for stories that haven’t been read, instead of everyone reading and commenting on the same stories. If you want tips on how to comment, read this post: The Complete Guide To Evaluating Your Short Story.
  4. This is an exercise in discipline. The comments are a bonus. There is no prize because I want you to focus on writing for yourself and to try and take more risks.
  5. Be kind when you comment. Start with a positive comment, suggest an improvement, and end with something positive. We are here to learn.
  6. Our next prompt is at the end of this post.

A few more points:

  1. I will try to read as many posts as possible, but I do have a day job that I would like to keep.
  2. NO hate speak. None. If you see something nasty that I should be made aware of, please send me a message.
  3. Be careful of profanity.
  4. I need to approve every post. Please be patient with me. I am teaching during the day and I will approve them as quickly as I can. They will all go up.

Here is my short story:

The Call by Mia Botha 

Prompt: She Never Wanted It Anyway | Word count: 300 | Genre: Drama 

Warning: Profanity and a nasty person. 

He twirls the phone cord as he waits for someone to answer.
            “What?” a voice rasps on the other side.   
            “Hello, is this Alicia Connor?”
            “Who is this?”
            “This is Chris Paton, from Charleston General. Am I speaking with Alicia Connor?”
            “What do you want?”
            ‘Ma’am, I need to confirm your identity before we continue. I need to speak to Mrs Alicia Connor. It is regarding her daughter.”
            “What did the little shit do now?”
            “Ma’am, please confirm, are you Mrs Connor?”
            “Miss, I haven’t been a missus in a long time. What about my daughter?”
            “Mrs Connor, I’m afraid I have some bad news.”
            “I don’t have any money so don’t even bother asking.” 
            “No, ma’am. It’s not that. Your daughter Jessica was admitted yesterday. She was in labour.”
            “Little slut went and got herself knocked-up did she?”
            “Ma’am, Jessica died in childbirth.”
She doesn’t answer. He can hear her sucking on a cigarette.
            “Well, shit.”
            “It was difficult. The doctor performed an emergency C-section. Jessica died due to blood loss.” He paused, how much does she want to know?
            “Where’s her stuff?”
            “Excuse me?”
            “Her stuff, like her bag and her things.”
            “Her personal belongings are here ma’am. We can send them to you.”
            “I’ll come get her stuff.”
            “Ma’am, about the baby.”
            “What about it?”
            “She’s a beautiful baby girl.”
            “Whoop-d-doo. Tell the father.”
            “We don’t know who the father is, ma’am. You’re listed as next of kin.”
She snorts. “Jessica probably didn’t know who the father was either.”
            “Will you be coming the fetch the baby, ma’am?”
            “Hell no, Jessica never wanted kids anyway. Give it away.”
            “Ma’am…”
She coughs, a deep phlegmy sound, “I’ll come get her stuff tomorrow.”
He puts the phone back in the cradle and reaches for the card with the social worker’s number.

And here is the 11th prompt:

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