She found him in the shed, sorting through old paint cans.  “I’ve decided to move back to Atlanta.”

He turned.  “Just like that.”

“What else do you expect me to do?”

“I expect you to stay.”

“But what about Jamey?”

“Stay for his sake.”

“When I did the video about choosing life, I didn’t expect the attacks or the hate.”

“As a rape victim, they expected you to terminate your pregnancy.”

“But, I chose life–Jamey’s life.”

“You made the right choice.  Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise.”

“I won’t.”


“I’ll stay.”

“Good choice.”

96 Words

This story was inspired by a true story of a rape victim whose decision to choose life made her the target of Abortion activists.

This was written for the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields For more details, visit Here. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

45 Replies to “Choices”

    1. I was surprised too when I read the article. She said that several people pushed her to get an abortion but she chose life. Her husband said that their son had nothing to do with the horror she went through.


    1. He didn’t mean anything by it. He’s glad she’s staying and rather than getting all emotional, he gruffly tells her to make herself useful–like helping him with whatever he’s doing. Maybe I should revise the ending.


    1. Don’t worry, Magaly, he didn’t mean anything by it. It’s the kind of relationship they have with each other. He’s got her back and that’s why he encouraged to stay and continue what she’s doing.


  1. Alice, that last line stopped me, too. Was he asking for help in his cleaning task? Telling her to go fix dinner? What? He was so sympathetic up to that point.

    And I’m glad your main character had the fortitude to keep her child.

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    1. Hi Linda,

      No, he wasn’t asking her to go and fix dinner or anything like that. He was just teasing her. Now that she’s staying, she could help him with his task. They have a good relationship.

      Yes, she made the right choice.


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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Sometimes, it’s hard to know how to end the story as in this case but thanks to the feedback I got, I changed it to a satisfactory one. Yes, she chose her son’s life. Thanks 🙂



  2. I missed the original ending but this one is great.
    In the end, a woman’s right to choose is HER right. And if this is her choice, then no one has the right to tell her otherwise.
    Good story.

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