Flash Fiction Friday ~ 7 Deadly Sins w/ Dawn Kirby

Friday, July 27, 2018
Dawn will be giving us shorts loosely based on the 7 Deadly Sins. Each Sin of  pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth will each get 2 shorts a begging for the first round one each week and a conclusion the second round again one each week.

This Weeks Sin is Envy .

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The Thing (Envy Part 1)
by Dawn Kirby

Ever wondered what it’s like to have someone want what you have so bad they’ll do anything to make you wish you didn’t have it? You start to think you don’t really deserve the things you have. Your achievements don’t matter anymore. Neither do your failures to be honest. Their need to devalue you, whether they know it or not, breaks you. 
  It starts innocently enough. A new school. A new friend. She seems nice. After a few days you find out the two of you have quite a bit in common. Weeks of back and forth from your house to hers, you start to let her in, telling her things you don’t tell other people. She is, after all, your best friend. 
You do everything together. Lunches are spent planning out the weekends. Weekends are spent staying up late watching scary movies and talking about boys. After awhile you even start to finish each other’s sentences. There’s nothing she can’t tell you. Nothing you can’t tell her. 
But then it happens. Some switch in her brain flips. The friend you thought she was vanishes. The secrets you told her turn into whispers in the hallway. Her smile changes. It’s no longer the friendly one you’ve grown used to. Now it’s smug. There’s a vibe coming from her you just can’t place. 
She talks less. To you anyway. To everyone else, she talks about you. She tells them your secrets. You keep hers. She laughs in your face. You still smile. Then the rumors start. None of them are true, but in high school the truth is relative. You withdraw, wondering what happened. Maybe it’s a phase? 
You turn to your other friends only to find they’ve changed too. No explanation as to why. They hate you. Your once best friend has replaced you in their group and left you as an outcast. 
You withdraw further, not knowing whom to trust. This goes on for years. They taunt and laugh. They throw things at you. Make up stories about you knowing there’s nothing you can do. Zero tolerance policy favors the bullies.  
The torment never seems to end. Everyday brings on a hurdle. The rumors never end. Some are so nasty it’s hard to believe the girls used to be your friends. 
Your mom and dad try to help, but everybody knows it’s no use. Today’s society is all about being mean. There are songs about it. Movie’s devoted to it. The meaner you are the better. These girls, well, mean didn’t even begin to describe them. All thanks to whatever your former bff had said. 
One day a boy comes to you and sits down with you. The look in his eye makes you want to cry. It’s pity. You’ve hit rock bottom now. Your confidence is shattered. You hate yourself for trusting. You hate yourself for living. If only you could go back in time and change it.
This boy puts his hand on yours. You jerk it away, expecting the worst. He shakes his head. More pity.   
Then he says something that changes your perspective. 
“You know why she hates you so much, don’t you?” he asks. You shake your head. By now why she does doesn’t even matter. She’s broken you. “She’s jealous. Not because you’re pretty. You are, but that’s not it. She hates you for what you have.” 
“She has more than I do,” you say. And she does. Her mother gives her everything. You have to work for what you want. Your parents Have made it a point to teach you the value of a dollar. 
“It’s not that,” he says. “Both your parents live in the same house. They love you. They take care of you. Not the same way her mom takes care of her. They teach you things. Talk to you. They’d take a bullet for you. You have a mom that cooks for her kids. Real food. A dad who doesn’t brush you off for a beer and a football game. She doesn’t have any of that. I just thought you should know.” He stood up to walk away and turned back to me. “She told them all lies. To make them hate you? All lies. They don’t see it, but I do.” 
I suppose he wanted to make me feel better, but what he’d told me made me feel worse. She hated me for something I had no control over. Something that should be a good thing. At that point I knew she’d never ever stop. 
Falling asleep and never waking up was beginning to feel like my only escape. 
 

Dawn Kirby lives in West TX with Jamie, her husband of 17 years and their three , DECEIT and TRIBULATIONS. All three part of the paranormal romance Serenity Series published by Twisted Core Press. Her work is also featured in several 7DS Books anthologies such as SEVEN DEADLY SINSA MAN’S PROMISELINGER, among several others. Another short, DATE NIGHT was published in 13 Tales of the Paranormal by Firefly and Wisp. To find out more about Dawn's work please visit www.dawnmkirby.com.
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Secrets Book 1
Deceit  Book 2
Tribulations Book 3  





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