Sometimes it’s better not to know – Friday Fictioneers

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts Friday Fictioneers.  Each week Rochelle chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Al Forbes

Sometimes it’s better not to know

He suggested meeting at a heritage car show.  Somewhere neutral.

 It was a memorable experience.  As we browsed together around the displays of vintage vehicles, trade stands and autojumble, I tried to get to know the father I hadn’t seen since I was a small child.

 I had no idea when or why he’d left or why there was no contact.

 He invited me to ask whatever I wanted.  When I mentioned my sister, he said she wasn’t his child.

 No more questions. 

 The truth hurts.  When you don’t know which parent has told the truth, it hurts even more.

 

 

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Finding Refuge – Friday Fictioneers

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts Friday Fictioneers.  Each week Rochelle chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Finding refuge

This was a place of peace and tranquillity.  They walked down the corridor until they reached the door that led into the gardens.

 “There she is,” the healer said.  “You will find her much improved.”

 “Is she ready to leave?” he replied.

 “You must ask her.”

 She had refused to see him on previous visits but, this time, she turned as he approached.  He knelt by her side and took her hand.

 “I’ve come to take you home.”

 “Where is that?” she asked.

 “My home.  I promise to keep you safe.”

 She gave a gentle sigh.  “I’ll come with you.”

 

 

 

 

The journey ends here – Friday Fictioneers

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts Friday Fictioneers.  Each week Rochelle chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Do use the link to her blog if you are interested in joining the group.  It’s a great way to get involved in writing.

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PHOTO PROMPT © C.E. Ayr

The journey ends here

The argument they’d had was a persistent ache in his head.  He had to see her and put a stop to this nonsense.  Leaving him, indeed!  What was she going to do without him?

 The station was in sight.  His shift over, he would go home and sort things out.  He’d told her to be there . . .

 There was a sickening thud as something collided with the driver’s window.  He hit the emergency brake.

 Half an hour later, he recoiled in horror as the police identified her as the one who had jumped in front of his train.

 

 

The other side of silence – Friday Fictioneers

Happy New Year to all readers and writers!  If you’re not writing yet but are resolved to do so, why not use the link to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts Friday Fictioneers?  Each week Rochelle chooses a photo prompt to inspire writers to produce a 100 word piece of flash fiction.  Come on and join the group.  We look forward to reading your stories.  Sincere thanks to Rochelle for making it all possible.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

The other side of silence

The noise was unbearable.  The mill wheel turning, gears clattering, water gushing and wood creaking. I mentioned it only once.  Grandfather snarled in response.  “Get used to it or get out.  You’ll hear nothing soon enough!”

 My childhood ended when my mother took me to live with him.  He cared little for me.  I worked every hour of daylight at his command and then sought refuge in the quietest place I could find.

 I watched open-mouthed on the day the mill slipped into the ravine.  When all the commotion had ceased, I listened.

Just as he’d said, I heard nothing.