Just swingin’

“… shiftless, thriftless, and hopeless.” Her overpriced attorney continued listing what she thought were his short-comings as a father, while his ex, in a $1,000 silk suit, smiled like a Cheshire Cat.

Sitting with his infomercial lawyer, wearing jeans he had since college, he was grateful the judge wouldn’t allow their son in the courtroom.

She wanted more child support. No matter how much he paid, he knew their boy didn’t benefit from any of it.

When his lawyer stood to talk, he turned toward his ex, he wanted to see her face when he asked for full custody.


After a much deserved hiatus, Velvet Verbosity is back with her 100 Word Challenge. The Challenge was my first foray into flash fiction, so will forever hold a spot in my heart. I’m glad she’s back.

The Challenge is to take the prompt and craft a story in exactly 100 words. This week, the theme is “Thriftless.”

15 thoughts on “Ruthless

  1. Like Velvet Verbosity, I had to read the opening a couple of times to get it straight in my head. One of my ex-boyfriends had an ex-wife like that. She demanded more money for their son’s school books; next time he went to pick up the son, she was showing off the new carpet throughout the entire house. I’m not sure whether it’s your writing or my experience—probably both—but I really want the father to win this.


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