PRICE TO PAY
A father! Tim thought of his own father and the things they’d shared in his 17 years,--the backyard games of catch, the fishing trips, and the advice his father had given him. How he wished he’d paid better attention and been more careful. His father had always told him, "Son, there's a price to pay for your actions". But, he and Alicia had fallen head over heels for each other, and allowed their teenage hormones to overcome their best intentions. Now he’s to be a father himself. At 17. He wanted to do the right thing. But, could he finish school, go to college and establish himself if he had a wife and a baby to care for? How could they tell their parents? Alicia was as frightened as he. Yesterday, he was young and carefree and the world was his oyster. Today it felt as if the world sat squarely on his shoulders. A father! Tim felt a churning in his belly. He felt old already. This, he thought, is the price to pay.
Wednesday Scribblings and we're asked to consider
the term "price to pay". I chose to use flash fiction,
but the scenario happens all too often in our modern
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United
October 14, 2020