The Ages at Which Her Faith in Justice Will Transform into a Plaintive Wish for Good Luck

Liv Norman

7:
Watching her father’s shrug, his creeping smile, as he checkmates her again.
‘Fair win,’ he says. ‘Do better next time.’


19:
Standing at the student bar with her boyfriend, his hand edging up her skirt as he drains pints.
‘Just my fair share,’ he winks. ‘Wear lace next time.’


32:
Leaking breastmilk and tears in the meeting room, while her colleague announces his promotion.
‘Fair’s fair,’ he whispers. ‘Show up next time.’


47:
Comforting her weeping teenage daughter, who should be safe at school, but wasn’t.
‘It’s not fair,’ she says.
Hoping that there won’t be a next time.


This story won Second Prize in the November 2023 Monthly Micro Competition.

Author: Liv Norman is a writer of short fiction and lives in Surrey with her husband and three children. Credits in Splonk, Retreat West, NFFD, Paragraph Planet.

Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash