Friday, June 03, 2011

100 Word Challenge: Assume

Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge is busy growing its playoff beard. This week's word is "unconscious", and my story about unconscious bias is called "Assume".

Her pregnancy had been a seemingly unending series of bad news, restrictions, and rules. You can't do this anymore, you're not allowed to have that. I was sitting next to her, facing her as she sat. The curtain parted and a tiny woman with tight brown curls and cute glasses came through, holding a chart.

"We've decided we're going to induce you in the morning," she said firmly in a little girl voice.

I had come quickly to my feet. "When did the doctor decide that?," I asked.

"Just now," she said. "I'm the doctor."


  1. Gee, might have been nice to KNOW this was the doctor in charge, hmmm?

    Very frustrating experience. Fingers crossed this pregnancy ends well

    Visiting from 100 words

  2. Carrie- thank you, but the pregnancy ended 15 years ago. This is a melange of the truth and fiction- we did have a very tiny female physician attending the birth, and it would have been easy to assume she was a nurse. But nothing like this really happened.

  3. Haha! "unconscious bias", that's a great interpretation of the prompt, as usual!

  4. You could have been talking about my GP. She looks likes she's about 15, but she's awesome.

    Great take on the prompt.


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