Having not written any fiction for some time, this year I entered the NYC Midnight short fiction competition to kick myself into gear.
My prompts were: Fantasy, A picnic, a single mother.
As a result I produced “Uphill Battle”.
Enjoy, critique, ignore at will.
UPDATE: I received an Honourable Mention for this story, being one of the three stories in the heat to receive a commendation but not make it through to the next round. I’m pretty happy with that result, and am currently working with the feedback provided to produce a second draft (which is unbound by the competition’s word limit!)