Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#VisDare 15 – Unanswered – The Last Photo

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This week’s Anonymous Legacy’s VisDare prompt was an intriguing photo.

‘OK. I’m putting this one in for all you horror/suspense/ghosty storytellers.

You know the rules – keep it PG and not too graphic …. I want to see what you atmospheric types come up with. Unleash your inner Hitchcock on this one – as you dare!

The original title of the photo (at least that I can find) is: “The Five Ghosts.” I think it was used as the cover of a music album…?

Whether you write about Five Ghosts – or Four – or Two – or Ten Thousand….it’s up to you.

Or use it literally, as the multi-exposed photograph that a skeptic would insist it is.

What do you think? Give this photo a history!!

You have 150 words…..use them well!’



The Last Photo (149 words)

‘Is that my mother? She looks a bit like me.’

A cracked nail strokes the girl’s hair trapped behind glass.

I look from my grandmother’s lop-sided smile to the last photo of her brother and sister. By a quirk of fate it has been double exposed over the shell of the home they died in.

Gran was queuing for a loaf; her mother was hoeing at the end of the garden. Theirs was the only house in the road to be hit, the only one in the parish. A wounded bomber attempting to limp home and shedding weight.

The photo has been a talisman throughout Gran’s life. She’s taken it everywhere so her siblings would never be forgotten, and could share all she saw and did.

The twins stand in front of the house with a hole at its heart, their eyes misty now at Gran’s failure of recognition.



Written by Sarah Ann

April 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

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  1. Sarah Anne
    I like the way you have nailed the period and placed the children within the context of a complete tale with back story and a family history.

    Nick Johns

    April 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

  2. Have I done all that? Thanks for a great comment that made me look at it more carefully – of course you’re absolutely right.

    Sarah Ann

    April 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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