20min Drabble Challenge: “Luminous”

Shoutout to @elarkinsauthor on twitter for the word prompt! The 20 minutes is from the moment I jot down the first word till I write the last. I’ll sit and consider the theme and the visual imagery for some minutes beforehand, oftentimes googling images of the word. Also, some inspiration for this was taken from Neil Gaiman’s 1998 short story “Changes”. Read it. It’s super relevant, then and now.


“It makes your hair luminous?” Sarah asks, brows raised. “And that’s the only side effect?”
Debbie nods, caressing the pamphlet. “For a side-effect, it’s very harmless.”
“Well, yeah, I mean, unless you think it’s gonna bother Mark at night?”
“He already falls asleep with the light on half of the time.”
“What happens when your hair goes gray? Still luminous?”
Debbie bites her lip, smiling. “I think I’ll do it.”
“Are you even in the risk group?”
“Anybody is at risk.”
“That’s literally the opposite of an autoimmune disease.”
Debbie’s eyes sparkles. Sarah wants to rip the pamphlet into pieces.  

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