#FlashFictionFriday – Cultivating Love – More Alt. Universe No. 1

Flash Fiction Friday

Today’s Flash Fiction Friday scene uses the words left in last week’s post: evilbadwicked.

This is a continuation of Alternate Universe #1. You can find the first two installments here (1) and here (2).

NOTE: The action in this scene takes place prior to the published story.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The action in this scene is NOT consistent with the published story, and CANNOT be considered a true prequel. If this scene had happened, the book would be entirely different. The action in this scene is also unrelated to that other “What if?” scene I posted on June 30 (alternate universe #2).

Told from Fred’s 3rd-person POV:

“Unbelievable if that’s true,” Bill muttered. “That bitch is pure evil. Wicked witch of the west material.”

Fred didn’t take his eyes off the two young men approaching the diner, but waved a hand behind him to shush Bill. “She’s still Ed’s mother. She wasn’t that bad—at least not before. Don’t say that shit in front of him.”

When Ed and the other fella pushed through the door, Ed’s gaze immediately locked with Fred’s, and he smiled. Smiled. “Lady from the grocery store tip you off?”

“Wow,” the blond said. “You guys have got to be related.”

“Yeah,” Fred managed to squeeze the word around the lump in his throat. “We’re related.”

It’s more than a drabble, but still quite short. Sorry, but it’s past my bedtime, I’m behind in everything, and I waited until the last minute to do this. 😁 At least they’ve spoken. That deserves some nicer words for next week, doesn’t it?

Leave as many prompt words as you like in the comments, but I’ll only promise to use one from each contributor in next week’s post (although I’ll try to use them all).



A man of few words, Joe is a hard-working farmhand who likes his simple, uncomplicated life. Ed is satisfied with his existence as an auto mechanic, but thrilled when an unexpected development in his life allows him to help Joe realize a dream.

It forces them, however, to reevaluate the casual, undefined nature of their relationship. They’re too macho to speak of love, and neither would acknowledge he doesn’t really mind when it’s his turn to bottom. When life throws them a curve ball, and the rules of their game get old, Ed tries to take every aspect of their relationship up a notch. Can Joe adapt to the open sentimentality Ed’s injecting into their relationship, let alone the new spice in their bedroom activities?

This is a previously published story that has been rewritten, expanded, and re-edited.

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Flash Fiction Friday

3 thoughts on “#FlashFictionFriday – Cultivating Love – More Alt. Universe No. 1

  1. Hahahahaha, I don’t know what you mean 😇😇 Have I been mean? 😀 But okay. For next week I give you: best, writer, ever. That should earn me a nice long reunion scene 😀

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