Sally Bosco

Author of Dark Fiction

Day 5 of the 10 for 10 Flash Fiction Challenge: Amish Goth

Here’s today’s story.

Amish Goth:

‘So, this Amish girl walks into a Goth bar.’ It sounded like the setup for a bad joke, she thought.

Sarah was on Rumspringa, the one time in an Amish person’s life they could go out and explore the world, do what they pleased. She’d always had a fascination with the Goth subculture, so she bought some daring clothes: a leather mini-skirt, fishnet stockings and boots. She ripped up a black tee shirt and pieced it back together again with safety pins. Perfect.

She’d left her house wearing her prim bonnet, apron and calf-length dress, but when she was far away from her parents’ house, she’d pulled the magical clothes out of their hiding place and dressed, releasing her long blonde hair from its bun and letting it fall around her shoulders. She so wished she could dye it black. A touch of the makeup she’d bought at the CVS and she was ready.

Now she could barely recognize herself in the mirror.

At first, the din of the bar made her ears throb, but she quickly got used to it. The sight of vampires, dominatrix, and assorted creatures of the night scared her initially, but she knew they were only play-acting at being Gothic, just like she was.

She sat down at the bar, trying to get her bearings and ordered a Coke. Soon a man sat down next to her. She didn’t even know how to act or what to say.

“Come here often?” the young man asked. He had a pleasant yet pale face with dark hair, cut shorter at the back and longer in the front. Wearing a hint of eyeliner and lipstick he was quite attractive, actually.

“No,” She blushed at his attention. “This is my first time here.”

“Mine, too.”


“Yeah. You’re going to laugh at this, but where I come from, they’d really disapprove of this whole thing. They’d say it was sinful. But I was curious. I came a long way to see this place.”

“Where did you come from?”

“Lancaster, Pennsylvania.” He extended his hand. “I’m Jacob. Pleased to meet you.”


Many of the participants of this challenge are affiliated with the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.

You can view the rest of the entries here.


4 responses to “Day 5 of the 10 for 10 Flash Fiction Challenge: Amish Goth

  1. Bea La July 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I see a future Amish husband and wife with a box of black clothes and eyeliner tucked under their bed for special nights.

  2. Tori October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Did you write this, or is this a true story?

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