Five Sentence Fiction – Bedtime

'And they all lived happily ever after'
She knew that line meant her Father's bedtime story was over yet she was 
far from ready for lights out.
'Daddy, tell me another, the one about the princess who slept for 100 years!'
He yawned, whilst he was certainly ready for bed, his daughter's beautiful big 
blue eyes sparkled....sleep for her was light years away.
Resigning to the fact even this recital may not be the last of the 
evening he began....'Once upon a time.....'

Five Sentence Fiction – Abandon

It was found on the street, a puzzle box, containing tiny pieces that when placed together were to form a map of inner city Sydney circa 1960.

A house hold clean up, 70 years in the making, had resulted in items being abandoned street side.

The death of her elderly neighbour and the real estate auction sign that appeared soon after, signalled that change was in the air.

That was more than a year ago, and only yesterday, had the time felt right to assemble the puzzle.

Family and true ‘ Aussie’ friends gathered around the table, and piece by piece the jig saw was placed into position, a most memorable way to herald in Australia Day 2015.


Sydney in puzzle form

Five Sentence Fiction – Offering

Word prompt Offerings

She did know the little boy, who at just  eight years of age, had succumbed to cancer.

It took her by surprise, the usual suspects in the classified section were the elderly , the aged, not someone who’s life had just begun.

What kind of cruel world was this? What kind of offering could be made to set this injustice right.

She knew their was nothing to be done, nothing but be thankful.

As the gentle stream of tears subsided, she made a promise with herself to view each day as a privilege, not a right….it was the only way to honor the little boy and the gift called ‘ life’.

Five Sentence Fiction – Horizon

Five sentences written to the word- Horizon

It was now impossible to see an end in sight to the work place restructure.

Her emails unanswered,  phone message server clogged…a‘to-do’ list that stretched over 5 pages.

At first there had been a glimmer of hope that change was possible, that not too far off on the horizon, an office utopia would greet them.

That was 2 years ago, and the outlook had been clouded by broken promises and workplace demands engrossed her 24/7.

She was burnt out, tired, her bones ached for sleep…..When the ‘change’ happened, it could happen without her…she was d.o.n.e.

Five Sentence Fiction – Grief

His grief was all consuming

He could not remember a time when she had not been around

He could not comprehend a life without her, he did not want too

He was a young man of 20 when he had married his sweetheart, and now aged 90, it was as if he was experiencing loneliness for the first time.

For 70 years she had been by his side, and now she was gone…..and it was as if he was experiencing loneliness for the first time.

Five Sentence Fiction- Darkness

Five sentences written in Five minutes….taking this challenge to the next level!!

‘Mum, turn the light off!!’

Of late, this had been the demand that was bellowed in her direction once her son had settled himself into bed.

‘It’s not nice to yell Max, but if you ask in your nice voice, your quiet voice, I might consider it’ was what she wanted to whisper.

Instead, she made him wait, that would teach him that the art of yelling was not the way to get things done.

And when she finally peered her head in his room 15 minutes later, she was greeted by darkness and the soft snores of a very tired 9 year old.

Five Sentence Fiction – Conflict

Word Prompt- Confilct

She was not good at expressing emotions… How to be flirty, express like or dislike of a person, anger, sadness.

She felt an inner conflict, like her words and actions were incapable of doing justice to the depth of emotion she was weighed down by

Even her smile, radiant as it was, at times confused others

But her eyes, her beautiful brown eyes, could not hide a truth that her painted smile desperately tried to conceal.

Loneliness was a killer.

Five Sentence Fiction – Waiting

Word Prompt- Waiting

She had known for a while that she had been born in the wrong era.

A true romantic at heart, modern music did nothing for her.

But when she played Roy Orbision, ‘The Big O’….this 15 year old girls heart overflowed with joy, love in its purest form.

She had not yet been in love, she was still waiting…but she knew that day would soon come.

And when it did she hoped her beau would feel as impassioned about love as Mr Orbsion…She would finally be someone’s ‘Pretty Woman’, but above all she favoured being a complete mystery to her true love…

Five Sentence Fiction – MAPS

Word Prompt- MAPS

He had travelled the globe unaided.

No maps, no compass…..armed only with an adventurous spirit, dogged determination and an unwavering belief that he would find the right path.

But he had come undone, completely unraveled, when he had met her.

This Brazilian beauty , stopping him dead in his tracks in her home town of San Paulo.

With no maps, no compass he had arrived at her doorstep…never to leave…he was finally home.

Five Sentence Fiction- Secure

Word Prompt- Secure

She gazed lovingly at her Mother, held her hand and patted her forehead.

‘ I’m here Mum, it’s going to be ok, you rest, you just rest’

She owed it to her Mother, the women responsible for unwavering love and support, to be present as her body succumbed to the final stages of brain cancer.

Holding her Mother’s hand, in an attempt to make her feel secure and supported,  she whispered over and over words of thanks and praise for the women who had made her everything she was today.

And as the morning sun filled the hospital room with a radiant glow, her words paved the way for her Mother to leave this world with a heart over flowing with love.

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