The Spot Writers – “Consequence,” by Cathy MacKenzie

Welcome to the Spot Writers. The prompt for February is to use the following in a story: “How could she (or he) do a thing like that?” (Inspiration came to Cathy as a result of a recent birth; no, not mine!)

This week’s flash fiction comes to you from Cathy MacKenzie. Check out her new Facebook page, OUT OF THE CAVE, (and the call for submissions for a horror anthology for teens).



Nathan, rubbing his forehead, sways to and fro. “How could she do a thing like that?”

“I don’t know. Why in the world would she do that?” His problems aren’t my problems, so I don’t know why he’s asking me.

“You think I’m terrible, don’t you?”

“Not at all.” I don’t usually lie.

“But I don’t understand.”

“What don’t you understand?”

The colour of his face alternates with blotches of red and white. “I…I don’t understand.”

“I don’t understand why you don’t understand.” I sigh at his silence. “What’s not to understand? Pretty clear to me. You penetrated, you enjoyed the moment, and now there’s a consequence.”

At least I assumed he enjoyed himself.


 The Spot Writers–our members:

 RC Bonitz:

Val Muller:

Catherine A. MacKenzie:

Tom Robson: Blog pending


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