Sarah Ann Hall

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#FridayFictioneers – 20/6/14 – School Reunion

with 19 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

 

 

PHOTO PROMPT  Copyright -Mary Shipman

Copyright -Mary Shipman

 

School Reunion

(Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction(?); 100-words)

Today I crept up stairs I used to stampede, conscious of thunderous creaking. The corridors are no longer full of screaming girls; downstairs women have returned to regale of success since they boarded.

After thirty years I found the attic stairwell, pushed open the door we used to shoulder.

Crouching in the corner I trace the letters: Amy 4 Maria.

For years we snatched moments before our love shrivelled on the rocks between university and now.

I hoped she would be here. I wanted to –

The air shifts. I turn, smile; her eyes telling me all I need to know.

 

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Written by Sarah Ann

June 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

19 Responses

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  1. Dear Sarah Ann, Good story! As time passes, so do the feelings that made us who we are – but it doesn’t make them any less real. Thanks! Nan 🙂

    Nan Falkner

    June 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    • Thanks Nan. I think this pair might rekindle their feelings. But we lose touch with people and feelings and rarely ask why.

      Sarah Ann

      June 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  2. A great sense of atmosphere. Well done.

    Sandra

    June 22, 2014 at 7:41 am

    • Oh goody. It took a while to develop. I don’t know how many times I climbed those stairs in an attempt to get the mood right in this one.

      Sarah Ann

      June 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  3. Such a lovely, gentle story.

  4. our love shrivelled on the rocks between university and now. This is a lovely line… Good story full of atmosphere and good memories.

    aliciajamtaas

    June 23, 2014 at 12:24 am

    • Thank you. I’m glad to know that line worked. It was one of the ones that was written over and over. The idea for this story came quickly enough but getting a version I was happy with took an age.

      Sarah Ann

      June 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  5. You set the scene well. I like that her friend was there after all. Nice ending!

    jannatwrites

    June 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    • That’s good to hear. It took ages to get those opening lines to feel right. Thanks for the read – still catching up with yours. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      June 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  6. So good that a reunion can be made.. love it..

  7. Sarah Ann, Good and well-written story. I never went to a class reunion, but many people have and enjoy them. I was updated and it was interesting. Some people change and others look somewhat the same, just older. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

    patriciaruthsusan

    June 24, 2014 at 11:33 am

    • I’ve never been to a school reunion either. There has to be a reason we haven’t bothered with each other all the years in between. Life moves on and some of use follow her while others cling to the past. Thanks for popping by.

      Sarah Ann

      June 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    • I’ve never been to a school reunion either. There has to be a reason we haven’t bothered with each other all the years in between. Life moves on and some of use follow her while others cling to the past. Thanks for popping by.

      Sarah Ann

      June 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  8. I like the atmosphere and sense of unpredictability in the air. I feel a spark coming, being reignited. Nice one, Sarah!

    Amy Reese

    June 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  9. Dear Sarah Ann,

    Simply lovely.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

    rochellewisoff

    June 25, 2014 at 2:48 am


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