Wednesday, 11 November 2020

LEST SHE FORGET - 100 word story

My first reaction when I saw this weeks' Friday Fictioneers photo prompt was: oh, I'm not ready to write a Christmas story. But today (the eleventh) is Armistice Day and found I was able to weave a story around both events. 





LEST SHE FORGET




'Not possible.'

'But, Peter...'

'It's November, Annie.'

'But, Peter...' Annie's eyes filled with tears.

Peter softened his tone. 'Nothing's ready yet, Annie.'

Annie gulped. 'Just a little bit of holly then?'

'Not for another three weeks.'

Dejected, the old lady left the garden centre.

Peter watched her go. He knew her story. She'd lost her husband many Christmases ago. He understood that putting up Christmas decorations was Annie's way of celebrating his memory, but what could he do? The trees, the holly, the mistletoe: nothing was available yet.

He looked up at his pine tree and had an idea.




I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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56 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Neil. I wasn't sure where I was going with it when I started writing. It sort of wrote itself.

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  2. Touching story, Susan.
    Yes, I thought of Christmas too.
    It may be early for X'Mas, but just in time for 'Diwali- the festival of lights celebrated in India.

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    1. Thanks, Anita. We used to celebrate Diwali with our Indo-Fijian friends when I lived in Fiji. :)

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  3. Dear Susan,

    It's Veteran's Day here so your story's the perfect tie-in. Poignant and heartwarming. (The fact is, at least in the States, Christmas decorations are already available.)

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle. I was pleased with how the story developed.

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  4. That's one excuse for Christmas decorations in November I can agree with! Touching story Susan.

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    1. Yes, they're only allowed in November if you have a good enough reason! Personally, I don't put up any decorations at all. :)

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  5. Peter sounds like a nice chap, and a sweet story.
    I was in our garden centre last week which was FULL of Christmas stuff!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Liz. (I'm claiming 'artistic licence'!) :)

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  6. Oh this is so lovely and as I watch the Remembrance Day ceremony in Toronto and think of my dad who fought in WW2, this is a very fitting story that works for today. May we never forget.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Birgit. This was one of those very rare occasions where I was moved by my own storytelling.

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  7. What a kind and gentle story. If only there were more of them!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I think we could all do with a bit of kindness and compassion at the moment.

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  8. Sounds liek Peter has a good heart and will figure somethign out...

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    1. He fashioned a 'wreath' to go around her door, as per the photo, Trent. :)

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  9. a pleasant echo of times past. Ny grandmother got nws of her son's death, shot down on what would have been his last bombing mission, on Christmas eve. A few years later his remains came home on Dec. 22. She did not celebrate the holiday

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Majik. There were so many tragedies...

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  10. Touching and heartbreaking story but it ends on a positive note.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. I thought it was important to end the story positively.

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  11. What a thoughtful clerk/friend. Heartwarming story, Susan.

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  12. This was such a sweet story, Susan. I hope his idea works...

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    1. Oh, it worked - you can see the wreath he fashioned for her in your photo. :)

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  13. Sweet story. Shame everyone isn't this considerate...

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    1. Oh, I agree, Tannille. We all need to show some kindness in these difficult times.

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  14. Such a poignant story, delightful Susan.

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  15. Lovely story. She at least has a reason for premature Christmas decorations, I hope he can help :-)

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  16. such a good man. well told story.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I wanted to write about empathy. :)

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  17. A lovely story, Susan, with a heart-warming ending. Very moving.

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    1. Thanks, Penny. Am I allowed to admit that I was moved when I wrote this?

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  18. Beautiful story. We all have different ways of coping with sorrow, but how remarkable when we also help each other cope.

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    1. Thanks, Dora. Your feedback is much appreciated.

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  19. A very sweet story, Susan. The holidays should be a time of giving!

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  20. Ah! Creativity often works! Lovely story!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback - much appreciated. :)

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  21. A touching story that filled me with a happy sadness for her.
    Some memories are related to a certain time - like holidays.
    Nicely written ... Be Safe … Isadora ��

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    1. Thanks, Isadora. I find Christmas quite challenging.

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  22. That's sweet.

    My mom's parents always decorated on Christmas Eve after the kids went to bed. As a kid, I always insisted Christmas started the day after Halloween and demanded decorating commenced immediately.

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    1. He he - our decorations were governed by birthdays when I was little. My sister's: 22nd Dec and mine: 14th Jan. :)

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  23. A touching story based on kindness.An example of kindness.

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  24. What a great story. Seems like a really nice guy.
    -David

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    1. Thanks, David. I enjoyed creating a character with a bit of empathy.

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  25. As this is a lovely story. Good cheer and a good heart. Well done

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  26. A touching story, Susan. well written

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