FFfAW: Memories


This week’s photo prompt is provided by Sonya, owner of the blog, Only 100 Words. Thank you Sonya!

“Why do you let them grow like that?” Paul wrinkled his nose in disgust at the untame Sunflowers sprouting at the end of the drive.

On the porch, Maud stopped rocking in that rocking chair for a moment and glanced at the flowers. “My son, Dean, planted those when he was small. I never wanted them there, and he knew that I thought it would make everything look untidy. They are just like weeds, and I just can’t seem to get rid of them.”

“Maybe you should just pull them up.”

Maud shrugged her shoulders. “I paved round them, and they still managed to keep on growing. To be honest with you, ever since I got the word that my boy got killed in Afghanistan, I don’t have the heart to do anything but let them run riot on my driveway.”

“Oh.” Paul didn’t know what to say to the old woman, and now he didn’t see the sunflowers as a big problem anymore.

He walked away and Maud began rocking once more.

Written for: flash fiction for aspiring writers

29 thoughts on “FFfAW: Memories

    1. I was going to have it that her son was actually alive, and she was just trying to get rid of a bossy neighbour. I ran out of words, and just ended up with him being killed. Mind you, both stories work! Thanks for reading.

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  1. Sad story. But interesting how such untamed plants she didn’t want planted in that location, thrive despite cement and give her a memory of the son she lost. Well written.

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  2. Well I read the other comments and what you have works really well for the prompt and the word limit 🙂 This way you have only one dramatic high and leave your reader to stop and sigh for a moment. Anyhoo all I wanna say is, great job!!!

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