Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Flash Fiction: My Discovery

I had to know the truth. They had lied to me. A simple enquiry before a routine blood test had revealed that I wasn’t who I assumed I was. 

My best friend had been in an accident and I wanted to help her by giving blood. I knew the hospital where the ambulance had taken her, my family used the same one. It was the first time I went alone, and when I informed the nurse in reception about my mission, she went to retrieve our family’s file. That was when I saw it. 

I stormed out of the hospital and raced home as fast as I could. The wind rushing past me on my scooter echoed the thoughts in my head. I should have known; I’ve been so blind and stupid! How could I not see it? My parents, no they were not my parents or were they? I called them Mum and Dad. They looked after me, taught me all I know and told me I was their precious daughter. But look, as it turns out, they’ve been keeping secrets all my life. 

No wait, since I was two years old when they brought me home. They had kept the truth away from me for fourteen years. 

I tore through the open gate, flung the scooter aside, raced up the stairs and in through the front door. Mum, or should I still call her that, was setting the table for dinner. 

She looked up, smiled and was about to say something when I blurted out: 

“Am I adopted?”

(c) Tolulope Popoola

Image credit: neconebooks.com


  1. Anonymous12:24 pm

    More! Is that all? Guess its why its called flash fiction. Cool, reak cool stuff

  2. Suspense! Now I want more. Good job!

  3. I liked it. Poor girl. :)

  4. A great write, suspense at the instant, inquisitive adrenaline too.

  5. Instantaneous Suspense, this is tantalising.

  6. Punchy Writing, I love your style. Bring them on

  7. Anonymous10:23 am

    Me likey!

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