A short story …

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Home and the limit, 114 words precisely.



‘Please slow down Daddy’ cried a sad little voice. 

He was driving too fast, desperate to get home.  The tyres protested as he swerved his way along the winding road. 

‘Not so fast Daddy, please’ 

A pigeon flew towards him.  He stabbed the brakes.  The car jerked, bashing his head against the window. 

‘I’m scared Daddy’ 

‘SHUT UP!’ he yelled. 

He skidded to a halt, turned his head and stared at an empty child-seat. 

From his pocket, he took a photo.  A picture of the precious child he lost in an accident.  He’d been to blame, he’d been driving too fast.

A  tear trickled down his cheek.

‘I love you Daddy’ whispered a voice.



27 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. Dale May 9, 2020 / 21:40

    Oh Keith… You went for the sucker punch!
    Well, done, though.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. soniadogra May 10, 2020 / 10:40

    How sad! I can imagine how the daddy is haunted by the past every moment.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ceayr May 10, 2020 / 15:34

    Well, well, quite a change for you, old pip.
    And you jerked the tears to great effect.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Annette Kalandros May 11, 2020 / 14:46

    Killer ending! When the reader realizes it is a memory– extremely well done.


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