Friday 17 May 2013

Flash Fiction: College Fund

"Evie, virginity is precious. It's not something to be given away freely — you can't get it back."

Evie's mother offered today's breakfast homily with burnt toast. There seemed no end to the advice sandwiched into the summer between school and university — morality, money, contraception, cooking, computers.

Her mother struggled as much with their bills as she did with their rattling PC. But sometimes she was right. Evie did need a good laptop. The preloved netbook was powerful enough to run the web-design software she planned to use. Her spreadsheet held promising quarterly forecasts for each coming year. She had no wish to be a pauper to her education, a slave to her loans.

Her virginity? Why hold onto something she didn't want? And if she was going to get rid of it, why not profit from it? As her mother said, it was not something to be given away freely.

"College Fund" was first published with The Pygmy Giant. More background here.


Cat Russell said...

Ha! Love the twist! Somehow, I doubt that's what dear ol' mom had in mind. :D

Eric J. Krause said...

I guess that's one way to "work" through college. Good story!

Shelli said...

As a mother -- ouch. Great twist, though.

peggy said...

Fun and clever. Evie has the makings of a mighty fine lawyer.