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103d0291401a27d475fa406f017deda3Marta sat in the great hall studying Physiology with Marcus and two girls whose names she could not remember. They considered moving to the lounge because chairs and podiums were being set up for a mock presidential debate. Marcus, a basketball player, nixed the move saying, “Everything in that room is too small for me.” The girls laughed. Marta smiled and adjusted her head scarf, blushing. They stayed but the debate became anything but mock. When the conservative “candidate” urged deporting Muslims, Marta’s felt nauseously conspicuous.

Under the table she felt Marcus squeeze her hand.

He smiled. She hoped.


Flash fiction for Carrot Ranch. This week’s challenge was Diversity.

Updated: February 23, 2016 — 3:21 pm


  1. Isn’t it wonderful when you can tell a whole story with so few words? Well done!!


      Yes it is a wonderful thing and I am grateful for Charli and her prompts, the people who read and comment on the stories and the place the ideas come from. Thanks Liv.

  2. This is so timely a story, basketball season approached March Madness and presidential candidates…well, they approach general election madness. Love can seem unlikely, and in the midst of difference and bigotry, hope rise. Such a beautiful expression of diversity!


      Thank you Charli! Always a pleasure to participate. Keep the thoughtful prompts coming.

  3. I’m reading this on the morning after Trump won Nevada. I hope there is someone to hold the hand of every immigrant offended by his hatred. It would be wonderful to use our hands for welcome and comfort and love instead of a slap across the face.


      Appropriate metaphor in your comment Anna. Can’t thank you enough for weighing in.

  4. So comforting to have a hand to hold in tough situations 🙂


      I saw the image and just ran with it. I liked the idea of him reaching out to her in a tender and quiet way. Thanks Sam.

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