- While out Walkingby Erika Seshadri
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While out Walking by Erika Seshadri
75 Words Flash Fiction contest entry
Artwork by zoegleitsman at

My chest swells like a hundred year flood, reclaiming the breath that was knocked out of me when I hit the ground. I stutter on the exhale, unable to form words. My daughter helps me to my feet as two men race down the street. One, my assailant. The other, my hero. The second man catches up with the first. Tackles him. Karma.

Police arrive. "What happened?" they ask.

"I was attacked."


"I'm Asian."

Author Notes
Unfortunately, the insanity of 2020 is leaking into 2021 in the form of attacks against elderly Asian people minding their own business. Please pray for the human race.


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