What We Meant To Say

I wrote this for this week’s   Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle     100 words  (or so)  based on the photo prompt below.  Come join us!


What We Meant To Say

“We must empty the room now, Mamma.”  I reached out for my mother’s hand.

Papa’s office had been the smallest room in the house.  Without windows;  just a small wood stove to chase winter away.  He had died 5 years ago, and Mamma had not entered the room since then.

“Let’s go through the desk, Mamma.”

“Burn all of this,”  Mamma said.


“He would want it so.”


“And so do I.”

“Isn’t there anything you want here, Mamma?”

She walked over and took the feathered quill from his ink well.  “He still had something to say.”


PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

24 thoughts on “What We Meant To Say

  1. moving forward can be difficult. i love the interaction between your characters. brief dialogue between them, sensing the one character, the child, gently moving the parent to keep going forward. well done.


    • Hi Susan…
      There could very well be a deeper layer…it seems that nothing can be simple any more – even or especially death, right?
      I appreciate your comments on my work.


    • A bit of all of those probably…darker moments haunt us all. I’m not sure what the quill would say. When those words came out I had this image of him sharpening it one evening and the two talking.
      Till next time, thanks as always


  2. One of the things I like about this venue is being able to ask the author a question.
    What exactly did you mean when you wrote the line,“He still had something to say.”
    I was lost with that. Dd you mean that she left his room alone was because it was making a statement to her all these years? In essence talking to her? Why did she pick up the quill?



    • I’m actually not sure other than something, for her – about him or them, was left unfinished. The quill? It must have been important to him.
      Thanks for passing by, Randy, and for your comment and questions.


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