#FlashFictionFriday – Cultivating Love – Alternate Universe 1 Part 6

Flash Fiction Friday

Today’s Flash Fiction Friday scene uses the words left in last week’s post: “I am your father.” 😁

This is a continuation of Alternate Universe #1. You can find the first four installments here (1) and here (2) and here (3) and here (4) and here (5).

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 Ed’s 3rd-person POV:

Ed’s question hung in the air for a moment as Fred apparently struggled to figure out what he wanted to say. Why did they think Ed had written a letter? To whom? Fred? Had someone forged a letter in his name? Who would do that, and for what possible purpose?

The other guy—Bill—withdrew his hand from where he’d had it resting atop one of Fred’s. Judging by the way they reacted to one another, it seemed likely the two of them were a couple. That same body language also pointed toward them being some degree of closeted.

Fred’s face had lost much of the color beneath his tan. He cleared his throat and finally managed to speak. “It must have been your mother.” He shook his head like he was admonishing himself. “It wasn’t her handwriting, but I should have known she was behind it.”

“Don’t.” Bill gently nudged Fred with an elbow. “You had no reason not to take it at face value. What with him living under her influence and all.”

Beside Ed, Joe straightened suddenly. He turned to Ed with widened eyes looking as if a light bulb had gone off over his head. Whatever was going on, Joe had figured it out.

“I tried so hard, for so many years.” Fred’s gaze bored into Ed, imploring him to understand. But, understand what?

“Just tell him,” Joe whispered.

Fred slowly blew out a shaky breath. “Ed, I am your father.”

Can I be forgiven for cutting it off right after using the prompt words because (1) I kept the words together in the phrase as I image it was intended to be, and (2) I didn’t tease by putting that phrase in Fred’s thoughts as he runs through what he’s going to say to Ed and then stop the scene without him actually making the confession?

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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7 thoughts on “#FlashFictionFriday – Cultivating Love – Alternate Universe 1 Part 6

  1. Lol, are you asking my forgiveness?? 😀
    In that case…you have it 😉

    And because I’ve officially given up on trying to get you into the direction I want, here’s today’s words: red, wine, dinner, Italian, date (yes, my husband is taking me out to dinner at an Italian restaurant tonight. How could you tell? 😀 )

    1. I hope you enjoyed your dinner. Sounds lovely! 😀

      Hmmm, those words sound like they might work for Harrison and Mason. Or maybe Ben and Jerry. Or…maybe to keep it in Cultivating Love mode, I can use them to make a real bonus scene continuing the actual story?

        1. Yay!

          Yes, I think it’s been since that drabble-a-day thing I did with that daily prompt list back in May. I’ll try to go with them. 🙂

          1. I finally got around to finishing To Love and To Cherish. And maybe Nash and Emmitt needs to go on a date?? Maybe a night out without the kids? nudge nudge 😀

            1. LOL…they do deserve a night out. I suppose their anniversary is approaching. Maybe that could be the theme?

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