Flash Fiction: Kathryn


by Sinmisola Ogúnyinka

Kathryn with a “K.”

She lived on the ranch across the river and only came out of the house when she went for long walks with a golden retriever with fur three shades lighter than her hair. Jonathan vowed he would become better than his family when Kathryn stepped out of her big house dressed for the junior prom—a date to a Junior, the corky Lambert “Lam”, a banker’s son. He could wipe off the silly grin on Lam’s face as he walked Kathryn to his father’s car. His was beaten and battered on the sides because Lam was a careless driver and his banker father stingy.

He blew steam on the lenses of his binoculars and resumed his stalking.

“I will be a writer,” he reiterated what he told Uncle Mac, who prided in being the only one in the family to get through high school unscathed by drugs and bad friends, just days earlier.

“You learn to fish like your father first,” Mac growled.

Not because he was mean but nothing he ever said came out nice.

“I will never fish like my father,” Jonathan said, convinced this peasant life wasn’t for a man who hoped to take Kathryn off Lam’s side.

They may both live in the beautiful neighborhoods, but Jonathan lived right across the river, and he’d watched Kathryn since he was six and she, four. Twelve years, and still counting, because he would be a writer even if his home-schooling went south!

To make a name and a fame. To prove Kathryn’s family wrong. Nothing wrong with being born across the river.

Because one day, he would cross that river and stand on those steps, and Kathryn would step out and on to his arms to go on a date with him.


About the Author

Sinmisola Ogúnyinka is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer and movie producer, and the published author of Under a Red Delta Sun and Blue Dawn. She has a bachelor’s in Economics, an MFA in Creative Writing and is a Craftsman of Jerry B. Jenkins’ former Christian Writers’ Guild. She lives with her family in Philadelphia, PA.

Connect with Sinmisola on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

You can read Sinmisola’s “Flash Fiction” column on the 4th Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

#FlashFiction #SinmisolaOgúnyinka #ShortStory #ShortStories #Fiction

Young Living Banner.Lavender.jpg
Gillette on Demand.jpg
Boxed Wholesale Delivered
Ambit Energy
Finally Family Homes.LOGO.jpg
Rakuten Ebates.jpg

© Joanne Troppello and Mustard Seed Sentinel, 2019. Unauthorized usage or duplication of any content published on this website without specific written permission from the site owner is strictly prohibited. With appropriate and specific guidance, excerpts and links may be used provided full definitive credit is given to Joanne Troppello, the contributor, and Mustard Seed Sentinel. Publication start date March 2016. MSS is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

DISCLAIMER: MSS reserves the right to remove comments on articles and in the forum that are not in line with our family-friendly brand and faith-based Christian magazine theme. Please make every effort to comment on articles and participate in the chat rooms in a friendly way that is devoid of profanity and hateful speech. MSS reserves the right to decline site membership (both the free membership and paid subscription membership) to any members who are violating our requests to keep this online community family-friendly. No spam links or comments will be allowed. Spam, profanity, and hateful speech will be deleted.

Freelance content submissions are always welcome and can be submitted through the submit button on the top of the Home Page underneath the header. All submissions are subject to review and possible rejection if the content does not meet quality standards. Edits may be suggested or required for some submissions. At this time, compensation is not given for submissions. However, as the Mustard Seed Sentinel readership grows, financial compensation will be provided for freelancers who submit appropriate and acceptable content for publication, such as the following: author interviews they've completed, guest blogs, or news articles. All freelancers will have their byline listed. NOTE: Mustard Seed Sentinel is a family-friendly publication and only appropriate faith-based content will be accepted.

This magazine is available for free online.

If you like our content and want to support

this publication, feel free to donate below.

Our paid subscription page is for paying members only. Engaging content, educational information, and interactive activities like webinars, as well as podcasts, are available for these paying members.

Publication of Mustard Seed Marketing Group, LLC