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My latest in Flash! Friday’s weekly flash fiction contest. 210 words max in response to the above photo and the theme “blunder.”

Moony was throwing three-day-old bologna at ma’s motivational poster. On the second try, she managed to get the bologna to flop against the blue sky.

“Take that symbolism, ma,” Moony muttered under her covers.

She surfaced and on the fourth try, she hit the man running down the sand dune. Over the top of the poster was a quote from Confucius, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

Ma was likely to barge in soon, as she always barged in.

For the tenth time that day, literally, ma would ask Moony to go see Titanic with her. Everyone at the diner was talking about it, she’d say, and she just had to go see it.

Moony didn’t have time for romance movies because she had a romance playing out in her own life. Okay, Mitch didn’t look anything like Leo, but he was hers and that’s all that mattered.

After some time suffocating under the covers and ma seemingly having given up, Moony trekked out of her room.

She was waiting on a postcard from Mitch. He was on vacation in Hawaii and said he’d write her.

The mailbox was empty. Fourth time that week.

“Knew I should’ve stuck with the bologna.”

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