I am pitching my next idea for a short story contest. Please take a few minutes and read my outline, I will appreciated your comments.
I do not have a title.
Desiree, is 15 when the story begins, the conflict happens when she is 42, which is near the end of the story. A single mother raises Desiree; she has three children by different men. Through a series of tribulations, Desiree tries to overcome following her mother’s example. At sixteen, Desiree gets pregnant by Wallace Evans, he has big plans for his life that do not include a baby’s mother who wants to be a kept women. Wallace leaves her, joins the Army, gets married and moves away, but he financially supports his son Peyton. In the meantime, Desiree continues to live in the project and has a series of hit and run relationships. She gives birth to two more children and in the process liberates herself from living on Public Assistance, by working a part-time job and child support.
Desiree is insecure and she fails in her mission to try to keep a man and establish the family structure she never had. She continues to make the wrong choices when selecting men because she confuses sex with being in love. She struggles with being a good and providing for her children. In comes Leslie Lambert, age 55, a wealthy Lawyer, she is white, a lesbian, has no children and never been married. She is attracted to Desiree; however, Desiree is only attracted to the life that Leslie can give her children, so she plays both sides of the fence, until Leslie asks her to make a choice.
Desiree is torn between giving her children the life they deserve, and giving up having a relationship a man. The other obstacle in the way is her oldest son Peyton he is not comfortable with their living arrangements. The turning point comes when Peyton runs away to live with his father. Desiree stops fighting and finally come to terms with the fact that Leslie is offering her more than any man has…..
Story takes place in Brooklyn, New York location the Marlboro Housing Projects
Time: early 80’s
Main character: Desiree Hancock
Olivia Hancock (Desiree’s mother)
Patrick Lopez (Desiree’s alleged father/ low-level gang banger)
Baron Jackson (Another one of Olivia’s baby’s daddy/ younger than her and unemployed)
Wallace Evans (Desiree’s 1st baby’s daddy)
Sophia Evans (Desiree’s best friend and sister to Wallace)
Ms. Evans (mother of Sophia and Wallace)
What Say You?