Two Hundred Words

Post 1630. Sunday February 11

Sunday Photo Fiction



Her application was successful. Today, a new job complete with accommodation.

Having packed her few possessions into a bag, she looked around the room where she’d led her solitary existence. Empty drawers hung open, the bed stripped. An old grey television, her only companion, sat on a crate in a corner beside a lank, stained curtain hanging limply across a grimy window. The only sound, a drip-drip-dripping tap.

A clunk echoed down the murky hall as she closed the door behind her. She called out a last goodbye to the seemingly invisible people who lived their quiet lives behind closed doors.

Stepping over a heap of junk mail scattered across the crooked doormat, she opened the door to a new life beyond her grim chamber of loneliness.

A shaft of sunlight welcomed her; a ray of hope, a sign of better things to come. A lady walking her dog smiled, baby in a pushchair waved. A gipsy woman peered from beneath her scarf, winked and pushed a bunch of lucky heather into her palm.

Something bright and shiny caught her attention in the gutter. She picked it up. I was a lucky charm. Her lucky charm. The one she lost many years ago.


Word count 201


whiteThis week’s photo is provided by J Hardy Carroll.

14 thoughts on “Two Hundred Words

  1. michael1148humphris Feb 11, 2018 / 11:37

    A fascinating tale, like the two half’s of her lucky charm.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iain Kelly Feb 11, 2018 / 12:16

    Things have definitely taken a turn for the better. Sounds like she has done well to survive and deserves a hopefully brighter future.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Joy Pixley Feb 11, 2018 / 15:48

    What a cheerful story, I like it! Finding a lost lucky charm, that pretty much counts as a miracle, I’d say.

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  4. ceayr Feb 13, 2018 / 21:39

    Well, well, Keith, you are in a good mood this week!
    Good story, sir, full of joie de vivre


  5. anuragbakhshi Feb 14, 2018 / 11:27

    Lovely uplifting tale. The only question that remains is: Did her luck turn because she found the lucky charm, or did she find the lucky charm because her luck turned? 🙂


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