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  Posted: February 26, 2019      Views: 94

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Parents full of dread
"Surprise" by shaffer40

"She's pregnant, Stuart, I'm sure of it," Irene cried to her husband, hands wringing, tears welling. His soothing words did nothing to ease her anxiety--or to hide his.

Evie, their daughter and only child, six weeks from her high-school graduation, had news. "Something I know you're not ready for," she'd warned, to be revealed that evening after her tuba lesson. Given her recent behavior, the doting parents couldn't imagine it could be anything else.

She'd been smitten with this new boy--more like a man at twenty, given the naivety of their daughter. She'd met him at a New Year's Eve party, the cousin of a school friend, and had been sneaking out of her bedroom window to be with him, her customary A's dropping to B's and even one C+. They loathed him even before she brought him for the grand introduction.

"This is Kurt," she'd gushed, her expectant smile imploring them to like him, while his displayed skilled orthodontics and an unsettling confidence characteristic of someone well beyond his age. He'd said his how-do-you-do to each, extending his hand first to Stuart, then to Irene, with a deferential bow, as their impressionable child gazed at him adoringly.

Born four years after their wedding, Evie had been the warm, cooing bundle they thought they'd never have. She was the perfect combination of the two of them, content at Irene's breast as Stuart looked on with what he termed "more love than he'd ever felt." Each juncture of Evie's life had been a major celebration, as she developed into an enthusiastic, bubbly teen, popular at school and full of promise.

And now this.

Not that they didn't want grandchildren. Just, please Lord, not now.

They held hands tightly as they heard her key in the door, united in this crisis as in every event of her life so far. The joy on her face contradicted the news they were braced to receive.

"Now, don't get mad," she implored, putting down the heavy tuba case. "It won't be that hard to take care of."

"Honey," her father began, at a loss for the right words, "it's not that we don't like Kurt."

"Oh, forget Kurt," she interrupted, her face aglow with excitement, as she reached onto the porch and brought in a loosely tied box. They heard the meow before she pulled the ribbon and the tiny striped head pushed the flaps aside and made its way into their lives.

Surprise Me writing prompt entry

Writing Prompt
This is a flash fiction contest. Write a story that has a surprise ending. Since it is flash, the word count must be between 200 and 600 words. The ending can be funny, sad, shocking, etc. But the reader has to be surprised.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

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