Apr 03 2018

D #AtoZChallenge Darcy or Daunte #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



#AtoZchallenge Letter D on the Blog of author @JLenniDorner



The autumn vegetable soup finishes at the same time as the grilled cheese sandwiches Mercedes begged to have tonight. I debate allowing dinner in the living room in front of the television. Or maybe letting my kids eat in their bedrooms. But the soup could spill, and I don’t feel like cleaning it up. Plus, today would have been my son’s birthday, and he liked eating around the kitchen island.

“Hey, break time.” I kiss the top of Mercedes’ head. “Your other sibling upstairs?”

“Yup.” She glues one more ring around Saturn.

“Any idea which identity is on point today?”

“Nope. Want me to call her?”

“That would be nice. I have to pour our drinks and dish out the food.”

A second later, Mercedes belts out, “Hey, Turd wad, get down here!”

“Was that necessary?” I smack the edge of the counter.

“If you buy me a phone I could just send a nice text.”

“I’m not buying you a phone until you’re more responsible. Turd wad is not an appropriate name.”

Mercedes hops onto a kitchen stool. “Well, I didn’t want to misgender or whatever.”

I pass her a glass of milk. There just isn’t any argument left in me today.

Mystic walks in the door as I finish filling the soup bowls. “Hi, Sweetheart. How was group?”

“Dad! You know I can’t talk about it.”

I put up my hands defensively.

“Grilled cheese? Really? Why couldn’t we just have soup? Are you trying to make me gain weight?” She slams her keys on the countertop.

“I wanted it. Eat my stupid vegetable soup. I’ll take your sandwich.” Mercedes shoves her bowl toward Mystic, spilling broth on the counter.

“Yeah, like I’m going to eat two bowls of soup? Dad!”

They both stare at me. I remind myself I’m grateful for them. The bickering is better than silence. “No switching food. Any leftovers will be my lunch tomorrow. Where’s your sister?”

“Don’t you mean—” Mercedes raises a finger.

“You both know who I meant!” I slam my fist on the counter, shut my eyes, and count to ten.

I make it to three before a sniffle interrupts me.

“Why can’t you respect who I am?”

Crap. “I didn’t…” I pause. What’s my answer? I didn’t care enough to think about my words? I’m too upset because I miss my wife and other child? I’m tired and angry and feel like I have nothing left to give? Those are excuses, not reasons to upset my offspring. My preeminent role in life is to love and support this family.

“I didn’t choose my words carefully. I apologize. Dinner is ready.” I motion to the empty stool.

“Black pajamas?” Mystic asks. “How are we supposed to tell which pronoun you’re using? I thought you were going to wear a pink hair clip on Darcy days and the shamrock necklace on Daunte days.”

“Doesn’t seem to matter. My little sister calls me a turd wad and dad still thinks of me as just a daughter.”

I shove my hands in my pockets. The business card pokes my fingers. I have no interest in being a fighter for the weird guy in the graveyard. Right now though, I wouldn’t mind being in the audience.



line break

When you aren’t sure of someone’s gender, how do you avoid misgendering?




#atozchallenge badge
https://goo.gl/9f9mfR
Click for the MASTER LIST

of all participants who signed up
for the #AtoZchallenge 2018!



Part of the
Stories of #AtoZChallenge 2018
Bloghop list for stories.
Open until April 15.



Check for sale price.
This week only.
Fractions-of-Existence-tour

April Fourth locations:

XoXo Book Blog (Site having issues)

TrueYABookBlogger (Site having issues)

Please stop over there to say hi and enter the GIVEAWAY!

13 comments

Skip to comment form

  1. Really enjoying the stories. Happy A to Z.
    Find on Twitter:

    1. Thank you.
      Find on Twitter:

  2. That’s a good question. I’m often at a loss. I think I’d wait to see if I could get a clue.

    1. 🙂
      Find on Twitter:

    • Debs on April 4, 2018 at 4:57 AM
    • Reply

    Nice incorporation of the new challenges which come with parenting with every generation.

    A-Zing this year at:
    FictionCanBeFun
    Normally found at:
    DebsDespatches
    Find on Twitter:

    1. Thanks!
      Find on Twitter:

  3. It can’t be easy for him to deal with it all on his own. Little girls can be such a pain 🙂 Great story.
    Ronel Janse van Vuuren has this post to share Warrior Up #AtoZChallenge #IWSGMy Profile
    Find on Twitter:

    1. Thanks.
      Find on Twitter:

  4. This is lovely… sisters’ usual rants… i like it
    Nidhi GS has this post to share E-ETERNITY… #ATOZ2018 #BLOGCHATTERA2Z #A2ZCHALLENGEMy Profile
    Find on Twitter:

    1. Thank you.
      Find on Twitter:

  5. I make a conscious effort, but it’s not easy. Most people I know are adults, and they are patient with slip ups. But I am generally quick to correct myself. For someone who switches back and forth, I like the idea of an indicator.

    Jayden R. Vincente
    Erotic Fiction Writer
    Jayden R. Vincente has this post to share E is for Eager #AtoZChallengeMy Profile
    Find on Twitter:

    1. Glad my character’s idea works for you. 🙂
      Find on Twitter:

  6. I’m enjoying how this story is unfolding!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


CommentLuv badge

This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 2 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: