Burning the past – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time to write another piece for Friday Fictioneers!  Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who hosts this venture.  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 © Sarah Potter

Burning the past

I left home at the earliest opportunity, taking with me the expensive pair of shoes my brother had bought to wear at an interview. When I learned that he didn’t get the job, it gave me a certain sense of bitter satisfaction.

 He’d never liked me.  Being an only child had suited him and he wasn’t at all pleased to have a younger sister.  I was glad to see the back of him and to be free of his spiteful behaviour.  We didn’t keep in touch.

 Years passed.

 When I heard he’d died, I burned the shoes. 

 A ritual cleansing.

 

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26 thoughts on “Burning the past – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Thank you for your question. The story is based on family history. The mum was an only child. When she married the dad they lived with her parents. Two children later and fed-up because his wife did not want to leave her family home, the dad walked out. The son could do no wrong in the eyes of his grandparents and his mother. It seems they were either unaware of or uninterested in his behaviour towards his sister.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this point of view. I have some rather different thoughts to offer. I think she took the shoes as a spur of the moment attempt to fight back at her brother’s behaviour towards her. She kept them perhaps because she hoped for a reconciliation at some time. That hope ended with her brother’s death and I believe she burned them as a symbolic gesture to free herself from all the negative emotions of the past.

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    1. It is distressing to think that an individual has to endure ongoing unpleasant behaviour from anyone, let alone a close family member. Sadly, such stories continue to be told. They can be very difficult to read. Thank you for your response.

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  1. You can choose your friends, but not your family. . .many people who come to my office tell stories like this one, of a sibling or a parent that they never got along with, and who never seemed to care for them. It happens far more often than we realize.

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