Here’s a short story about a girl’s perception of her father at Daddy Date Night. Enjoy!

Short Fiction Break

In photo (l. to r.) the author’s father, sister, and herself at Daddy Date Night 1993

Tina Andrews listened to the excited banter in the gymnasium, her mouth a tight line across her face. The thump of generation-old music beat against her chest amidst the scent of rubber and chlorine.  At her table, four teenage girls and their respective fathers chatted about the massive centerpieces: an explosion of red and gold balloons with a sprinkling of matching confetti and miles of scissor-blade spiraled ribbon. Tina glanced over at her dad, Daniel, as he sat quietly in a dark suit and tie, rocking side to side like some church deacon enjoying the Sunday morning choir.

“Let’s dance,” Daniel said, like he’d experienced an Ah-ha! moment.

The scraping of his metal chair across the tarped floor jolted Tina like fingernails on slate. She swallowed her bite of cake, the once sweet buttercream…

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About Michelle McGill-Vargas

Michelle hails from Gary, Indiana where she enjoys writing historical fiction, flash fiction, and short stories. Her writings have appeared in "Lutheran Witness", "Splickety Magazine", "The Copperfield Review", and "Typehouse Literary Magazine." She served as vice-president of the Indiana Writers' Consortium. Until the day her historical fiction manuscripts get published, she pays the bills as a special education administrator with a background in deaf education. In October 2018, she will be a contributor to Concordia Publishing House's quarterly devotional series "Portals of Prayer." Visit her blog at
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