Action Pending

The young couple sat in the doctor’s office and held each other’s hands. They couldn’t believe the news. It was finally happening.

“Now, these are your options,” the doctor began, looking at the computer screen. “Hair choices are brown, black, blonde, and red.”

The couple looked at each other and decided the child should have the father’s hair. It had just the right amount of wave and simply glistened in the sun.

The doctor entered their choice and continued to the next option. “Eye color choices –“

“Her eyes,” the man said, looking into his wife’s eyes. “They’re perfect.”

Without looking up, the doctor copied the required shade from the mother’s records and continued on down the list. Choice after choice was made that day in the office, and when they were through, the couple looked at each other and smiled. 

“If everything meets your specifications, check the box and I will submit your order,” the doctor said, turning the screen toward the couple.

They stared at the computer screen and their choices. Each one secretly wondering if there was a better way. 

“This seems so unnatural,” the woman whispered as she looked at the flashing action pending notation on their child requisition form.


This short was inspired by FOWC with Fandango – pending

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Daily Writing Challenge, Dec 3

Welcome to the Daily Writing Challenge

Everyday at 6am CST, I will post a prompt that will hopefully provide you with some inspiration. What you produce is up to you. It can be a story, poem, art — anything everything goes. Just see where the muse takes you and take us along with you.

Participating is simple: follow the muse, create a post, and either link back to this post as a pingback or post the link to your post in the comment section. Please use the tag THWD.

* Please remember that pingbacks are approved manually (and don’t always work).

Today’s Prompt:

The traveling circus has come to town. The circus marches elephants and monkeys up the main dirt road that runs through town toward the open lot where they are setting up the tents. Snake handlers, people on stilts, and even the bearded lady are there handing out fliers as they walk past.

Your challenge for today is to take us to that circus. What kind of circus it is really? What acts do we see? Is everything as it first appeared, or is the circus just a facade?

The choice is yours, just have fun and follow the muse 🙂