Flash Fiction #37 – Heads or Tails

12-year old Carol’s mother 


tells her to mind her own business. 

But as she heard the commotion 

and saw the people staring into the alley, 

she couldn’t help herself. 

Three 16 year-olds 

were beating up a scrawny kid.

The boy bled, 


begging for help. 

The adults just watched. 

Mind your own business

echoed her mom’s voice. 

Carol grabbed her lucky nickel. 

Heads, she’d help the boy. 

The coin rotated in the air 1000 years 

before it landed: 

tails, free to go. 

She helped the boy anyway.

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