A short story…

for The Sunday Muse which is hosted by Carrie.

Some of this week’s pictures brought to mind a story I wrote seven years ago. I thought I’d give it another outing.




As flames licked the smoke-filled sky, banging, crackling, and the sound of shattering glass filled the air.

A paramedic knelt beside a fire-ravaged man. ‘Up there, my little girl’ he whispered with his dying breath.

‘I hear something’ yelled the Fire Chief.  

‘Daddy,  where are you?’

‘Look, there. We’ll never reach her, get the air cushion’

A terrified child climbed onto a window ledge, let out a chilling scream and jumped.


In a garden where an apartment block once stood, a young lady places flowers on a bench and strokes the words carved on its backrest.

‘Daddy, you passed me on your way up to heaven’ they read.




Digital art by Ted Chin                                      Image by Jocelin Carmes                                 Photo by KyleThompson

31 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. Dawn Jan 22, 2023 / 20:53

    Thanks for the tears, Keith…beautifully done! 💞💞💞

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gillena Cox Jan 23, 2023 / 06:37

    Tragic short tale, Keith.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.


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  3. Susie Clevenger Jan 25, 2023 / 20:56

    so short, intense and heartbreaking…powerful story telling

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