Monday, 4 May 2015

The Doll's Hospital

This is a unique flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Don’t forget to use the opening sentence… This challenge runs from Monday to Sunday!  Get creative and have fun finishing the story!
Please include the photo with your bit of flash and a link back to this post. Do not forget to click on the blue guy and add your link so that others can enjoy your story too!  Now let’s have some fun!

Finish the story begins with:
“After losing her head, she realized that the rest of her body was falling apart!”

“After losing her head, she realized that the rest of her body was falling apart!”

‘Nanny, please don't make me cry,’ Elsie cried.

Wrapping her arms around her young granddaughter tightly, Ellen let the book fall to the ground. 

‘Hush now, sweetie, everything will be alright.’

‘But the doll hasn’t got her head and her arms are broken,’ came a despairing wail.

The sound of sirens could be heard coming up the road, Ellen and Elsie rushed to the window to see out.  The ambulance stopped right outside their house.  Elsie looked at her grandmother. 

‘Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be well looked after at the Doll’s Hospital. The Doll doctor will make her well again.  She’ll come home brand new, with a very pretty head and lovely brown hair all tied up with blue silk ribbons.  Her arms will work properly and she’ll be able to move her legs again.’  

Ellen’s voice was reassuringly calm as she brushed her lips against Elsie’s curly ringlets. 

Word count: 150




  1. Another terrific story Sally! :) I like the doll hospital and the ambulance coming for the doll! Thanks again for writing for the Mondays Finish the Story challenge! Be well... ^..^

  2. I loved this story! Excellent writing! When I was a little bitty girl I had a doll that I just loved and it was in desperate need of repair. My grandmother talked to me for a long time to get me to give up my doll so she could send it to the doll hospital. I really didn't want to let her have it but I finally did. I honestly don't remember if I ever got it back.

  3. Great story! I hope the doll comes back in one piece, though she seems to be in a pretty bad way.

  4. I have had a couple dolls repaired. I fear it's a dying art where I live. Your story is sweet, but now I'm frightened for the future of all well-loved dolls.

  5. What a precious story that warms any heart...especially Nanny's and Nana's, Cheryl-Lynn aka Oliana

  6. Nice work Sally ~ I love the emotional side to this and of course the up to date name-dropping ~ :)

  7. I enjoyed the link to the recent Royal arrival, nicely done.