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.

43-mill

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.

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12 thoughts on “The other side of silence – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Thank you for your appreciative response. You have made a very relevant point. I’m glad you’re wondering! Perhaps it depends on the interpretation of Grandad’s words, “You’ll hear nothing soon enough.” Is he suggesting his grandchild will go deaf or is he talking about the end of life? If it’s the latter then it seems that his words have rebounded on him. If it’s the former, the grandchild may have suffered a hearing loss or may be making an ironic comment. Or it could, of course, be a combination of both aspects of Grandfather’s remark!

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