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.
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.