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Friday Fictioneers – A Long, Slow Thaw

ff290616‘She wants to see you,’ my brother said, his faint voice almost lost within the crackles of the long-distance line.

I hadn’t spoken to my younger brother in two years; it had been nearer twenty-five since I’d seen our mother, yet the memories of that spring morning remained clear.

‘You’re too good for her, and that family,’ she’d insisted, bitter, angry tears reddening her eyes.

She never did come to the wedding, never did see her our three girls grow up. She had other children, ones who hadn’t disappointed her.

‘She’s dying’ my brother, continued. ‘She wants to say she’s sorry.’


These words form my entry into Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

It’s an old prompt, but a new story. No re-treads on here!

Friday Fictioneers – Soul Searching

ff011014Suspicious eyes locked in as I approached. Those with almost nothing scrambled to protect what little they had. Tethered dogs snapped and snarled as I made my way through the shifting shadows. Between the last tent and the stream a skewered rat dripped its bloody, warm juices over an open fire. I should have been shocked, but I wasn’t any more.

‘Have you seen a girl, about 5’2″, short, red hair,’ I said.

‘Ain’t seen nuttin’ mister. Nobody round here seen nuttin’. Best you gets goin’,’ came the reply.

It seemed hopeless, but I’d never give up looking.

I just needed to say I was sorry.


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