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99Fiction October competition winning entry – “Empty”

99Fiction.net is a social network for writers.  They hold monthly flash fiction competitions and this Sunday I received the unexpected news that I had won October’s competition!  Here is my winning piece.  I hope you enjoy it!

From: all-free-download.com

From: all-free-download.com


Since Lilly had grown too weak to carry on, finding her way back had been a relief.  The house had been “improved” since her youth, and cupboards, staircases and walls seemed misplaced; but with loving remembrance, retracing her path between rooms felt natural.

It was quiet though.  Her heart ached for her children; so much she could not sleep.  She had searched the garden for months, hoping to catch them into her arms once more.

Shrill voices stirred her restlessness, drawing her to the window.

“Look!  Is someone in my new bedroom Mummy?”

“No silly!  The house is empty!”

©Anna Ghislena 2013

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Fitting In

copyright: Jane Hewitt

copyright: Jane Hewitt

This was not “being good”.  Karl knew he had gone too far but was it “naughty”?

Endless boundaries, rules and consequences just blurred into time.  So many teachers, punishments, classroom corners and tell-tale-tits; “easily distracted” and “will not fit in”, meant what?  He was desperate.

Under the lake’s NO PADDLING sign, he had decided to do what they told him.  Presented with the struggling rabbit he had hurled it far into the stagnant stench.  All around, children’s giggles of nervous satisfaction alerted panic inside him.

Without thinking, he jumped, sinking into the velvet silt.  Surely, doing so, was “being good”?

©Anna Ghislena 2013

This fabulous photo was the prompt for the 100 WCGU over a Julia’s place this week.  To take part go to: http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week112/