Geneva Steele

Geneva Steele was often asked about her name. After all, she shared it with the local mill (closed). The mill gained its moniker from the nearby resort (gone), which its founder named after his daughter (dead).

But Geneva couldn’t answer with any of that.

“I’m Swiss,” she said.

Or, “I’m from New York.”

Locations and events became more elaborate, until Geneva’s great-granddaughter dragged Geneva to school for show-and-tell. Looking at all those faces, the truth exploded:

“I was conceived at the steel mill, out near the railroad tracks.”

Truth might be satisfied, but Geneva isn’t allowed at school again.

The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University, from L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

©2022 Chel Owens

Written in response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt:

November 14, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a lie. What is the lie? It can be subtle or blatant. Who tells the lie and why? Is it an unreliable narrator? Go where the prompt leads!

33 thoughts on “Geneva Steele

  1. petespringerauthor November 17, 2022 / 2:40 pm

    I must tell you that, more than once, I had to cut off children when they were about to divulge some private family information to the rest of the class. I’d usually pull the child aside and whisper, “I don’t think your mom/dad would want you to share this.

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  2. Fairy Qu33n November 18, 2022 / 10:02 am

    Geneva is a different name from Gwen? Here in Italy we say Ginevra, the name of Arthur king’s wife name.

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  3. Norah November 20, 2022 / 3:42 am

    So funny, Chelsea. You can’t trust a great-grandmother to keep a secret. 😂

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  4. Liz H November 25, 2022 / 9:24 am

    Wow! You really worked your research & hyperlinks for this one. Clever!!

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