Flash Fiction with Midwestern Gothic

In the summer of 2017, Midwestern Gothic hosted a summer flash fiction contest. My writing workshop and I, the Arbwriters submitted pieces to their contest together. In their second round, my story, “Unwed” placed as their runner up. I’m excited to share it with you now. I’ve grown as a writer since, but I still enjoy this piece.


I go back to that summer in Greece, how I proposed to you, and how I nearly drowned. You saw my hands, rising up out of the sea, and grabbed them. We were both romantics then, and you called me Odysseus though we both knew how that story would end.