Back to Reality

PHOTO PROMPT by Jan Wayne Fields

It was back to work after being in Rome for the holidays.  Kira sat staring at the stuff on her desk, remembering how she and Joel strolled through Piazza Navona and threw coins in the Trevi Fountain.  She sighed.  Back to the real world. 

Her phone rang.  It was Gina, Joel’s sister-in-law.  “Hi, Gina.”

“So, you’re back.  How was it?”


“How’s Joel?”


“Matt and I are expecting again.”


“What about you and Joel?”

“We’re still trying.”

“You can always adopt.”

“We want our own.”

“Well, good luck.”

“Thanks. Bye, Gina.”  Kira hung up, blinking back the tears.

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.


  1. Complex situation you’ve described. Was Gina jealous that they just went on a beautiful vaca so she called to make Kira feel inadequate? Or was the pressure to conceive part of “the usual routine” that she was coming back to after vaca? Either way, Gina doesn’t seem like a very supportive person to Kira.

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  2. I think there’s a back story here that I, a mere man, am too dense to understand.
    But there is definitely an undertone to Gina’s comments.
    Competitiveness between brothers taken up by their wives, maybe?

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  3. Dear Adele,

    Such a tough situation. Each woman wanting what the other has (?) At any rate, I do relate to Kira or did in the past. Nicely written with lots of backstory to chew on between the lines.



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    • Dear Rochelle,

      It is a very tough situation. Gina seems to have everything but is resentful of Kira whose only wish is to be a mother. However, like you, things will change for Kira. Thanks 🙂 It does have a backstory which I will be exploring in the future.


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