We were fighting; you said everything would be fine, and I almost believed you until I saw the scars and the broken vases, and I turned into a teenaged rebel, once again.
Holding your wrinkly hand, I said, in another life, in another world, I’d like to reverse our roles: I’d be your mother, you’d be my daughter. I’d raise a strong girl who would have a voice of her own, a job and a life worth living.
Smiling vaguely, you murmured what if we get only one shot at life.
Marzia Rahman is a Bangladeshi writer and translator. Her flashes have appeared in 101 Words, Postcard Shorts, Five of the Fifth, The Voices Project, Fewerthan500.com, WordCity Literary Journal, Red Fern Review, Dribble Drabble Review, Paragraph Planet, Six Sentences, Academy of the Heart and Mind, Potato Soup Journal, Borderless Journal, The Antonym, Flash Fiction Festival Four and Writing Places Anthology UK. Her novella-in-flash If Dreams had wings and Houses were built on clouds was longlisted in the Bath Novella in Flash Award Competition in 2022.