Tuesday, 26 May 2015

MEMORIES - Monday's Finish The Story

Mondays Finish the Story – May 25th, 2015

This is a unique flash fiction challenge where you are provided with photo 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!

Today a special thanks goes out to Nortina Mariela for helping me to chose a photo and subject!  You might be next!

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!

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham 


“The only residents remaining in the small town of Miners Hill are spirits.”

Little Nanny Davis told her granddaughter when she went to visit the old nonagenarian in the home she now lived in.  Kathryn nodded in agreement.  It was a story Hetty told her every time over a slice of homemade Victoria sponge that the staff at Mulberry House always made for the weekend visitors.

When Hetty was a child herself her parents had owned the town’s only hotel and had done very well for themselves.  Hetty and her husband, Fred, had taken over when they retired but their own children had moved on to better careers in larger towns and become successful corporate men and women, with only a lingering memory of what was once their  home.

The framed picture Kathryn had found in the archives took pride of place on the top of the small chest of drawers in Hetty’s bedroom, stimulating her memories of a past long gone. 

Word count: 149


  1. Quite a bitter sweet story. It's sweet that she goes to visit her granny, but, though maybe expected, it's a shame that the kids left the town and their roots to move to the big city.

  2. Well done Sally! I enjoyed your tale going over generations! Thanks for contributing again to the Mondays Finish the Story challenge! Be well... ^..^

  3. This story appeals to the genealogist in me. The town where my grandparents and great-grandparents lived once was a bustling place that could support a family-run grocery store on every corner, 3 hotels, numerous barber shops, a bowling alley and roller rink, and so much more. Now it's just a sleepy town with nothing to draw people to it -- so much like this story.

  4. That seems to be the way things often happen with families. Young people move to bigger places looking for work and/or adventure. Only the memories linger on. Well done, Sally. :) --- Suzanne