Flash No. 2 – Ana Hein


By Ana Hein

It is dark when they talk.

“You don’t have to do th–”

“–I know.”

“Okay… Maybe some other–”

“–It’s alright.”


“–Trust me.”

“I do, but–”

“–Aren’t you happy?”

“I am, b–”

“–Then what’s the problem?”

“I’m not really su–”

“–I think you’re going to like this.”


“–Come on, I know what I’m doing.”

“That’s not–”

“–It’s not a big deal.”

“I would st–”

“–It’s totally normal.”

“I know that. That’s not–”

“–I want to do this with you.”

“That’s not the issue tho–Oh!

“There, I told you you’d like it.”


“–I told you. I know you. It’s fine.”

And then silence ensues.


Ana Hein is an undergraduate student at Emerson College pursuing a BFA in Creative Writing with minors in Comedy Writing and Performance and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her work has been featured in or is forthcoming in Blind Corner, Fearsome Critters, Terrible Orange Review, and Wack Mag, among others, and has won multiple Editor’s Choice Awards from Teen Ink Magazine. She splits her time between St. Louis and Boston.

© Ana Hein

Photo Credit:  Under The Standard Hotel, NYC © Gessy Alvarez