A flash of fiction …

…for Friday Fictioneers.



She always was a bit flighty but he didn’t expect her to leave him for a toy boy when she was in her eighties!

She left a load of stuff behind: frumpy frocks and woolly socks, her walking cane, her  Zimmer frame. Hair nets, reading specs, everywhere he looked he was reminded of her. 

Down the road was a shop which sold second-hand bits and pieces for charity. ‘All donations welcome’ said the sign in the window. 

There was only one thing for it.

“Excuse me dear” he called through the door. “Do you accept second-hand husbands?”


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48 thoughts on “A flash of fiction …

  1. rochellewisoff Jun 22, 2022 / 13:54

    Dear Keith,

    This is so close to a true story I won’t divulge. Loved the voices and the ending line…well done, sir.



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  2. James McEwan Jun 23, 2022 / 20:01

    “Do you accept second-hand husbands?”
    “Of course through the back, get yourself a coffee and take a seat with the others.
    The auction starts in five minutes, we’ll be sure to get a fair price for you.”

    I’ve been bought and sold a few times. it makes life interesting.

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  3. Inside the Mind of Isadora Jun 23, 2022 / 20:29

    What is it they say in show business? “Leave them laughing,” I think.
    I must admit I found it amusing. An octogenarian finds a boy toy. LOL
    She must have money. 😀 I do feel bad for hubby. I guess he didn’t see that coming.
    Good one, Keith. I enjoyed it very much.
    Isadora 😎

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  4. Bill Jun 23, 2022 / 23:20

    Well done, Keith. Since half of all husbands over 35 are second hand, there is an ample supply. 🙂

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  5. Michael Jun 23, 2022 / 23:43

    You made me smile, in her eighties wow

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  6. poetisatinta Jun 24, 2022 / 17:28

    Ha loved that, especially listening to it – just one more thing – Where’s that shop I might want to pop in!! 🙂

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  7. msjadeli Jun 25, 2022 / 02:40

    Keith that one made me smile but feel a bit down about the second-hand husband 😦

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  8. Margaret Jun 26, 2022 / 11:30

    Good on him! Better to do as he did than to mope around feeling old. Fun story – and moving too. You did both in this one.


  9. Vartika Jun 26, 2022 / 13:35

    Beautiful story. Loved it. Nice take on prompt


  10. Nobbinmaug Jun 26, 2022 / 17:29

    The ending was perfect, as sad as it was funny. I enjoyed the rhyming list of things left behind, as well.


  11. AdeOLUWA Jun 27, 2022 / 13:00

    Ah…what? 😲 I wasn’t expecting that ending at all! 😅😅


  12. granonine Jun 28, 2022 / 14:57

    Keith, I’ve been slow in reading posts this week. I’m so glad I didn’t miss yours! Thanks for the smile 🙂


  13. GHLearner Jun 28, 2022 / 16:00

    He hasn’t lost his humour. Moving and amusing!


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