An Interrupted Cry Restored

Mary stared, blinking, at the urine-covered stick—Please, only one line—as two lines appear. She tried to imagine the child in her arms, but the impression wouldn’t jell. When far away an interrupted cry breaks her heart, she sees him clearly. She knows she loves him already with a love she’s never known before.

You need to get rid of it, Joseph spouts.

This is your child too, she retorts. How can you be so flippant?

She tosses the test results in the trash, grabs her purse, and goes in search of someone who will care, someone who will help her do the right thing.

Joseph resolves to let her go, but the truth won’t let go of him. He races out the door after Mary. I’m sorry. I love you. We can find a way to do this. 

He gave her hope.


They’re starting a new prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub. They’re calling in Prosery. The prompt is to write a short, 144-word flash fiction piece with a given phrase or sentence in the middle. The given phrase for this first prosery prompt is “When far away an interrupted cry,” which comes from Robert Frost’s poem Acquainted with the Night.



About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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19 Responses to An Interrupted Cry Restored

  1. well written!

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  3. robtkistner says:

    Must be trust to be real.

  4. Wonderful story here.

  5. gillena cox says:

    Nice turn around on the part of Jo
    Happy Monday

  6. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    I admire her strength. I held my breath hoping it would go this way. Yes, editing and cutting our words is a GREAT exercise. I kept counting and then googled “word count” and found a site that I could cut and paste and have them count my words for me. Saved a lot of time.

    • WordPress shows a word count. But then I added the info about the prompt and had to copy and paste into Word when I wanted to change the end.

      I’m glad it ended like it did too. I wasn’t sure when I started.

  7. Well done. I agree about the editing exercise.

  8. msjadeli says:

    You packed a lot of story into 144 words. Enjoyable read.

  9. I love that it’s Mary and Joseph having this conversation…

  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice ending.

    • Thanks. I had to cut some words earlier to fit them in. I think I’m going to like the Prosery prompts because it is a great exercise in editing to make every word count.

  11. Of course this is the way it should work… and it almost always does…. which is a good thing.

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