July 12– Flash Fiction  – Broken Fence

Charli’s prompt this week:

July 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a broken fence. You can mend it, leave it, or explain its place in a story. Go where the prompt leads.

Broken Fences: Realised Dreams
Many an afternoon, I’d sit there, peering through the gap in our broken fence.
It was like a portal to another world.
I’d see them all laughing, playing together, running around freely.
Oh, to be able to laugh openly with friends.
Laughter was in short supply here since my Daddy died, and that new Father had arrived.
He didn’t want no brats running around the place. It was bad enough I existed.
To escape the prison that our home had become, I’d come and sit here.
For the first time in years my Mummy seemed happy.
I didn’t complain.


23 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Charli Mills
    Jul 18, 2018 @ 21:59:04

    Oh, wow — your story uses a broken fence like the space between prison bars. The sadness of the last sentence places such a burden on the child. Well done!

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  3. anuragbakhshi
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 08:10:27

    That’s so sad 😦

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Jennie
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 17:59:00

    Sad, true, hard to take, and beautifully written.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. robbiecheadle
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 17:21:49

    This is quite sad, Ritu. A great response to the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Book Club Mom
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 00:47:02

    Sad, but good!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Aimer Boyz
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 13:41:43

    Way too sad, Ritu 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  8. syl65
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 01:11:29

    Getting away from the harsh reality, at least for a moment.

    Liked by 1 person


  9. barbtaub
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 22:37:13

    That’s a universe of pain in those few lines. Brilliantly devastating.

    Liked by 1 person


  10. willowdot21
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 20:14:30

    That is very sad Sis but beautifully written 💜💜

    Liked by 1 person


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