July 5– Flash Fiction – Buttons

Charli’s prompt this week:

July 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads.

“Sally, love, can you come over ‘ere and give us a hand? These blasted buttons are giving me gyp again today.”
“It’s alright dad.” Nimble fingers made light work of the buttons on the old uniform jacket Frank Beaumont wore every year on Remembrance Sunday. A job her mother used to do. “There!”
Sally flashed a smile at her father, before turning away, tears welling up.
It had been over sixty years since he was last able to do his own buttons up, having lost the digits of both hands whilst serving his country.
Her dad, a true hero.


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kenzie Farrington
    Aug 05, 2018 @ 00:32:28

    This is really great. I love the nimble fingers part. Great way to bring emotion to such a simple topic as buttons.

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  3. Charli Mills
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 04:10:03

    The poignancy of putting on that jacket every Remembrance Day despite the loss of ability to manage the uniform buttons makes your flash a powerful read, Ritu.

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  4. anuragbakhshi
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 05:17:02

    What a powerful and poignant ending.

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  5. Colleen Chesebro
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 22:32:34

    I got goosebumps reading the ending, Sis. Whew! ❤

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  6. dornahainds
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 20:56:58

    Brava.. 🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀

    Liked by 1 person


  7. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 14:06:10

    This is a lovely piece, Ritu.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. willowdot21
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 11:47:49

    Beautiful take Sis, beautifully written 💜💜💜

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 03:58:42

    Beautiful, Ritu!

    Liked by 1 person


  10. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 02:31:12

    Job well done.

    Liked by 1 person


  11. syl65
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 01:38:01

    Poignant and beautiful Sister!!

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  12. Jennie
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 01:12:33

    My goodness, Ritu… My throat swelled up. You wrote wonderful flash fiction, 99 words of heart.

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  13. syncwithdeep
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 00:09:10

    Its all love ritu

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  14. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 23:17:34

    Aw… choked me up

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