Sunday Photo Fiction – Season’s Turn

124-10-october-4th-2015Marion looked down from the attic window. This was usually her favourite time of the year: that time when the leaves on the trees surrounding their white, timber house turned slowly from green to subtle peach-red. The dry, summer heat had always bothered Marion since moving south – she’d never really taken to it. The turn to Autumn brought with it a coolness which made her feel more comfortable and content. This year though was different.

Tom, her oldest boy, had moved down to Olsen City after graduation. He now had a wife and a daughter of his own. Marion didn’t see them as much as she’d like, but didn’t make a fuss – she still had Andrew. However, the falling leaves of Autumn would soon carry her youngest away too. His first semester at Lindale University started next week. Around her feet his cases lay packed and ready. On the walls, bare rectangular patches where his favourite posters had once been pinned. Downstairs she could hear Andrew and his father laughing in front of the TV. Marion closed the window and straightened the duvet on her son’s bed. She took a deep breath and wiped away a tear. Motherhood hadn’t prepared her for this.

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These words form my entry into this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction challenge.

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5 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – Season’s Turn

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Same here. Came back after a few weeks, room was officially a guest bedroom. Went back to Uni on the Sunday and I’ve never spent another night in that house since then. That was nearly 30 years ago.

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  1. Sunday Fiction

    That is touching, especially when I think of my kids being 17 and 19. It is unfortunate that my 19 tear old will never live on his own, but my 17 year old, when she leaves it is going to be heart-breaking. She is already talking about going to uni after she finishes her second year at college.

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