Friday Fictioneers: A Coming Out Dinner

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers where each week close to 100 people participate in a flash fiction challenge based on a photo prompt.

This week’s photo: Copyright: Jan Wayne Fields

And now my 100 word story:

When Stephan moved to California from Connecticut last year he thought it would be easy to keep his secret but now his parents were in town and they were coming to dinner.

Stephan was so nervous he was surprised he was able to cook but dinner was delicious.

Finally his father asked him “Son, is there something you need to tell us?”

It was the opening he needed “I’m gay Dad. Mom, I’m sorry” and he hung his head.

“Thank god!” he heard his father say and Stephan looked up. “We have been waiting years for you to tell us. We love you son”.

13 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: A Coming Out Dinner

  1. Dear Dawn,
    Your story fits the prompt. However, I don’t find anything new in the 100 words, no connection to Stephan or his family. He even lives in the stereotypical place. Maybe less description and more dialogue to show us your characters?

    All the same, as a lesbian who has had a version of this conversation, I appreciate your attempt at telling it sensitively.

    All my best,


  2. All this time he thought he was going to shock them but instead they shocked him. When his dad asked him, “Son is there anything you want to tell us.” I thought that a strange thing to ask, but the ending showed the reason why.


  3. I think it’s often the case that the parents either know or strongly suspect, but are just waiting for the kid to tell them in his/her own time. It’s good to have understanding parents.


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