She smiles up at me as I caress her face.
They bubble up from her, those words, an effervescent tonic: ‘Love you, Mummy!’
The simulation ends. Time’s up.
With no money left, I leave the VR salon.
Walking home, I wonder if people notice the black hole in my chest.
© Josie Kirkwood 2020
Previously published in ‘The Friday Fix’ on Medium 22 February 2020.
Micro-fiction is tiny fiction of up to ~300 words with 50-word stories known as ‘Dribbles’ and 100-word stories known as ‘Drabbles’. Often written to a prompt and tight deadline, these tiny stories provide creative challenge and an opportunity to experiment or write in different genres. Sometimes Dribbles and Drabbles can inspire a longer piece of fiction.