Friday Fictioneers – Keeping The Flame Alive


Rik and Val met at Art college – got married in the spring of their freshmen semester. Val fell pregnant with their twin boys soon after; Rik earned just about enough between his paintings and job at the Deli to keep the young family together.

Forty years on from that first stolen look across a crowded cafe they’re still together. Rik forever entranced by her innocent beauty – the silken blond locks, the playful smile on her lips. His increasingly clumsy brushstrokes can never truly do her justice, but these days it’s all he has.

‘Happy Valentines, my love,’ he whispers, as a single tear falls from his cheek.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

27 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Keeping The Flame Alive

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat

    And Paul makes me cry. Do you feel good about yourself now Paul? Hmmm? HMMM? You made the dilettante cry!
    Just kidding, darling, wonderful as always.

  2. hugmamma

    Oh, I love your story. Just saw a story about a photographer who did a photo journal of his deceased wife. They’d been married for 60 years, I think. The photos are on public display. All the photos except 2 showed her alive and vibrant. The remaining 2 showed hints of her suffering from the cancer which took her from him. One photo in particular had the 91 year-old tearing up. So sad, yet so beautiful.


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