Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Hell or Opportunity


Stoic, Carmen sat in the back of the taxicab.

She scrutinized farms and gated mansions they passed.

Her parents told her she was going to the small town where her mother was raised.

But, this was her senior year.

How could they?


No answers.

Irrational gibberish about going back to her roots; her roots not mine.

“You’ll attend the Benedictine Catholic Academy: Nuestra Señora de la Valvanera.”

“Your great aunt will care for you.”

Carmen wept uncontrollable. The trauma was tearing her apart.

“How dare you question this opportunity,” her mother sneered.

“But, why?”

“Because, we know what’s best.”

2017©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt:©Hardy Carroll

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

52 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Hell or Opportunity

  1. What a shame, Issy! Our parents do what they think is best for us, but they aren’t always right. Somehow we survived, though. 🙂 xx

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  2. Yes, parents always know what’s best for someone else.

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  3. Heartfelt story Isadora. Well done.

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  4. Because we know best is such a horrible answer no child wants to hear, there’s no argument against it, it’s so arrogant and presumptuous. Well told

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  5. Too bad her mother and daughter don’t understand each other.

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  6. Alas, this is how one generation push it on to the next… too often this happens

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  7. Harsh tale, beautifully written.
    I read in the comments that it is your life.
    If it contributed to who you are today, dear lady, then it was worthwhile.

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    • Yes, it was an experience I had. There’s always a silver lining in devastating sad situations.
      I learned a great deal from it. I became an independently strong woman because my decisions,
      right or wrong, were all on me. I learned that I could be an empowered woman. And, that I could bravely forge
      through any fearful issues in life. A tough way to learn life lessons.
      Thank you for the lovely comment. You brought a smile to my face, CE. I appreciate your visiting very much.
      Isadora 😎


  8. Why some parents rule with an iron fist, I’ll never understand. Do they forget what it was like to be a teenager? And your senior year too! Glad to read that all worked for the best in the end…good for you, Izzy!
    Love and hugs… xo

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  9. That is harsh, but this is how parents were (and some still are). Soon she’ll be an adult and free though, there’s something to look forward to. Parents have to blame themselves if the relationship grows cold.

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  10. A sad story seemingly in a fitting setting.

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  11. Muy bueno (pero no para la mujer)…

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  12. How sad! Her mother is forcing her to go to a school she doesn’t want to go to. Hopefully, she likes it once she gets adjusted! Great story, Isadora!

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  13. A tough time ahead for her. A big mistake by the parents. Well written.

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  14. Querida Isadora,

    Pobre chica. What is her mother thinking? You captured Carmen’s feelings well. I would be interested in hearing the mother’s side of this. Buen escrito, mi amiga.

    Abrazos y shalom,


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  15. I doubt she’ll have much fun there, poor Carmen!

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  16. I loved “your roots, not mine”

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  17. Oh this is a hard one to swallow… Senior year? Not cool…

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  18. Ah yes, parents always think they know best. Sometimes they do. And sometimes… this time seems a bit dubious.

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