A mother’s worst nightmare

18 Oct

trolleysPhoto copyright Janet M. Webb

“Have you seen my baby? My baby? Have you seen him? Sir? SIR!? Did you see someone take my baby? He was right here in the cart. I just bent down to get a case of soda and now he’s gone. WHERE’S MY BABY?”

“Ma’am, I’m the store manager. You’re causing quite a scene. Other customers are frightened. What seems to be the problem?”

“My baby! He’s missing! Someone’s taken my baby! Please! Help me! Ryan! RYYYANNNN!!!”

Leanne sat bolt upright in the inky pre-dawn gloom, sweaty sheets tangled around her bulging abdomen.

I’m going to be a terrible mom.



Exactly 100 words for this weeks’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. 


Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Challenges, Fiction



17 responses to “A mother’s worst nightmare

  1. newpillowbook

    October 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Poor Leanne!

  2. Jan Brown

    October 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Very interesting interpretation of the photo prompt. Well done!

  3. Sandra

    October 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    A terrible nightmare, well documented.

  4. anelephantcant

    October 19, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Very clever use of ‘Nightmare’, neat tale of panic and anguish.

  5. rochellewisoff

    October 19, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Dear Michelle,

    This left me speechless. Suffice it to say I love it. Great story. Nuff said.



  6. dmmacilroy

    October 19, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Dear Michelle,

    Great story and though I don’t think I agree with your protagonist’s sentiment in the last line, I thought it a wonderful finish to a powerful piece.



    • dreaminofobx

      October 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment again this week!

  7. Lindaura Glamoura

    October 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    That was a great telling of one of a mother’s worst nightmares! So many times, sad to tell, I have turned around, to find my child simply gone, only to pop up in the make-up section!

  8. helenrj

    October 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    That is a mother’s worst nightmare. I’m shuddering at the thought. Very good emotion to the story. Struck a emotional chord!

    • dreaminofobx

      October 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      I can only pretend to imagine the horror…fear…anger…confusion…panic…

  9. sustainabilitea

    October 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Phew!! Glad that was just a dream.


    • dreaminofobx

      October 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Me too! I don’t have kids, but I do have crazy dreams. I can see me having this kind of nightmare if I were expecting.

  10. helenmidgley

    October 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    We’ve all had them dreams, great piece 🙂

  11. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    October 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Awww bless her heart, pregnancy dreams are real!


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