Flash Fiction 2013: The Letter

Flash Fiction Friday 099: The Letter by Jane Risdon 2013 A Blast from the past – this was first published on Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog: I thought I’d share it again as I’ve been asked about it many times since. Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the ninety-ninth piece in this series. This week’s is a 450-worder by Jane Risdon. This story will be podcasted in episode 32 (with three other stories) on Sunday 6th October. Haunted by the neat sloping writing on the blue Basildon Bond paper which lay accusingly on her writing desk, the old woman sat locked inside her thoughts.  She couldn’t bear to pick the letter up to read it again, but there was no need really.  The contents were not unexpected after-all.  She’d been waiting nearly forty years for something like this to happen.  And now it had. Every knock at the door, every strange hand’s address on an envelope had filled her with such fear, the like of which she could never share.  She had never told. The only reason she had an answering machine on her phone was so that she could screen her calls.  Just in case.  Now, there on the desk along with all her bills and other correspondence, the letter lay, the words terrorising her silently across the darkening room. She didn’t ask herself how or why.  She knew the answers and had known this moment would come eventually, either in the form of […]

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I may be some time……

Those of you who kindly visit with me here on a regular basis will know the saga of the fall down my sister’s stairs Boxing Day 2012 and the damage done to my shoulder and collar-bone as a result. You will have heard how I have been waiting all year for a series of operations to mend the broken shoulder (rotary cuff) and […]

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