Friday Fictioneers – For Old Time’s Sake

ff211216Kelly’s feet ached. The soles on her shoes needed repairing; Frankie Jr’s front teeth needed straightening.

‘Five minutes, Kelly.’

The manager’s words were sympathetically delivered, but she knew she couldn’t take advantage. Not if she wanted to keep this job.

There was one last card to write – it was always the hardest. Christmas was just about the only time Kelly and her mother acknowledged each other’s existence these days. Some years she wondered why they bothered at all. But then she would remember the times before it went bad, and then she’d cry, and then she’d write the card.

‘Break over, Kelly. Table five’s waiting.’


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

Merry Christmas to all my friends on FF, especially Rochelle, who continues to be the most gracious of hosts for our weekly scribbles.

10 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – For Old Time’s Sake

  1. wmqcolby

    Nice work this week, Paul! You really portrayed a vivid scene of emotion and I felt like I was there. I read it again and again. Awesome!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. mandibelle16

    Poor Kelly. You want her to have a better situation in life. You also when you write this, open us up to Kelly, her past with her Mom, how she ended up here. Fascinating effect 🙂


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