It’s Friday and that means Flash!Friday! (Edit – This story received Second Runner Up!)

The challenge is to write a story with the topics found on the bottom.

It’s the type of worry that makes a person nauseated. She’s surrounded by loan statements and unemployment checks with a child, her child, sleeping in the other room. Sandra tried to calm the rocking of her stomach with deep breaths. It wasn’t working.

The rising panic, the crash and burn – when had she taken out so many loans? It’s 2009 and the stock market crash caused Wall Street to explode and, suddenly, being a lawyer is like being a leper.

The beat of her heart races up her throat. Eyes blur before she can calculate what she owes this month. The fridge is empty, Sarah needs school supplies, and none of the hundreds of employers she contacted responded.

Her hand reaches for the doorframe, uses it to pull herself up onto shaky legs. The papers crinkle under her feet as the panic attack swells inside her body. All she can hear is the thumping of blood in her ears as she stumbles to the bathroom and she’s going down, down, down, forehead to porcelain.

Her sparse dinner ends up in the toilet and Sandra immediately thinks of the wasted money, the wasted calories.

Her diploma hangs in the hallway by the nearby, mocking.

(1) Required story element (this week: character. If you want your story to be eligible for an award, the below character type must be central.)


(2) Photo prompt to incorporate:

1943 crash landing on the USS Enterprise. PD photo by the US Department of Defense.

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