Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Mondays Finish the Story – July 20th, 2015

Welcome to Mondays Finish the Story!

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 and then you can  click on the blue frog and add your link or read other people's contributions. 

Now let’s have some fun!

Photo credit: Barbara W. Beacham 

Finish the story begins with: “The petroglyphs told the story of an unusual event.”


“The petroglyphs told the story of an unusual event.”

Alicia read the above phrase in the guidebook.  Her parents were very proud of her ability to read difficult words, able to pronounce them correctly.  In her short life spanning just over ten years they had tried to imbue in her a sense of history, of the past, however long ago that might have been.  

Fred and Hetty sent her on every school trip they could possibly afford and some they couldn’t, going without food themselves to afford her education.  The happy ten year old girl stared in wonder at the markings on the rock, awed by the ability of cavemen to carve out a story. Lost in her imagination Alicia was oblivious to the huddled whispers of her teachers. 

They approached her with grim faces as they led her away to a quiet corner to impart the sad news of her parents’ accident. 

Word count: 144



  1. Such a sad ending! Great story Sally! I feel bad for Alicia.

  2. Brutal ending! I was not expecting that at all Sally! Nicely done. Thank you for writing for the Mondays Finish the Story challenge and be well... ^..^

  3. That's a sad ending....such great parents are not meant to be lost. :) Nice story that pulls us into the world of the little heroine.

  4. Only ten and all alone. I hope her parents efforts prove useful to her while in the years to come. Just a heartbreaking story. Well done!

  5. Oh no! That hit hard, quite a shock. If it is the worst news, I hope her parents' example of instilling knowledge will see her through.

  6. Well dang, Sally. You're in a morbid mood. This story reminds me of so many happy photos of relatives who died in war. Whenever I look at them, I think, "On this day they were happy but in just a short time they will be dead." Tragedy exists in seconds.

  7. Oh my.... so sad, wasn't expecting that! Excellent take on the prompt and very effective story!!

  8. Good story with a tragic twist at the end. Well done, Sally. I hope she goes to a relative or someone interested in continuing her education. :) --- Suzanne