Friday Fictioneers – Memories are Made of This

This week’s offering for Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers challenge can be found below. Feedback and suggestions welcome πŸ™‚

This week’s photo is titled fawcet/tap and is copyright to Roxane Phillips.


The grass was uncut for weeks at a time; a tap that needed tightening to stop the incessant drip remained untouched; his scent slowly faded from the sheets, the towels and the very air around her.

Each time she paid attention to one or other she was covered by the vast, black, blanket of grief that accompanied the memories which, arriving unbidden, kept her connection to him alive; as once again she saw his face turn towards her, she felt his hand in hers and the softest kiss on earth on her lips.


The idea behind Friday Fictioneers is that you submit a 100 word flash fiction story associated with the picture challenge added the previous Wednesday. You can read the other submissions this week on Madison’s Blog here: There is also a Facebook Page too specially for Friday Fictioneers and you can find it here:

If you’d like to know the rules then this is the page to; and finally, if you’d like to read my previous attempts you can find them all listed here:

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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26 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    Thank Rochelle – glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  2. Linda says:

    Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  3. Linda says:

    Thanks Joanna πŸ™‚

  4. Linda says:

    Thank you and thanks for sharing your poem too – it was really touching and I enjoyed it very much. πŸ™‚

  5. Linda says:

    Thank you very much Ilyan – you did a great job yourself too πŸ™‚

  6. Linda says:

    Thanks Mike πŸ™‚

  7. Linda says:

    Thanks for the comment and I’m glad it struck a chord πŸ™‚

  8. Linda says:

    Thanks Jess πŸ™‚

  9. Linda says:

    Thanks Janet and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it.

  10. Linda says:

    Wow, thank you so much for the compliment Doug – I’m really glad you enjoyed it as I know that you don’t hand out comments like that very often πŸ™‚

  11. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment and also the compliment, I shall be along shortly to say thank you properly. πŸ™‚

  12. sphrbn says:

    Such a large quantity of romantic grief in a few short sentences.
    Also, letting you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, the link is here:

  13. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Linda,

    This was one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read (and I mean that in a good way:).
    You really captured the despair and emptiness of loss. Palpable. Very good job this week.



  14. Janet says:

    Incredibly moving for such few words. I enjoyed this very much. Here’s mine for the week:

  15. Great job of conveying the emptiness of loss and how difficult it can be to get going again! I’ve felt that dead feeling before but, thankfully, a long, long time ago.

  16. Mike says:

    A poignant story and a clever take on this week’s prompt.
    I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

  17. So sad, moving and sweet at the same time. Well done. Mine is here:

  18. Melancholy and very real – this really resonates with me, as someone I know is moving through early grief. Tough times. Well done!

  19. That’s a beautiful story that is so true for many people. Thank you for writing it!

  20. rochellewisoff says:

    Poignant little piece, Linda. You really conveyed the depth of her despondency. Good job.

  21. Linda says:

    Thank you Sandra, your comment is very much appreciated πŸ™‚

  22. Sandra says:

    So very moving; and that ‘soft kiss of earth’ was inspired. Lovely.

  23. Linda says:

    Thanks Raina – that’s really appreciated πŸ™‚

  24. raina says:

    Hi Linda, this was beautiful, very sweet and emotive and I really like how tightly you have woven it…thanks! πŸ™‚

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