Here’s a short piece submitted for Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers’ weekly photo prompt. If you’d like to submit a piece, click on that link for more info. Thanks to PJ for hosting this and also for providing our photo prompt this week.
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**Thanks to several comments, this piece has been edited to show that the horses were set loose.
“Get in the car! Get in the car!” Daddy shouted.
“But Daddy,” I sobbed. I was trying to gather the things Mamma was hollering about. The fire had sprung up so quickly and moved so fast that we were all taken over with shock.
I wanted to grab my yearbook for that year. Under his picture, Buck had written: “To my one only from yours.” I wanted that yearbook as much as I wanted anything.
“Get in the car!” Daddy shouted. He grabbed Mamma’s arm and Mamma grabbed mine.
“Oh my god! Oh saints preserve us!” Mamma wailed. “Pray with me, Sissy,” she pleaded to me. “Hail Mary full of grace.”
Daddy weaved the old station wagon in and out of fallen electrical wires and low flames. “Keep praying, honey, ” he begged.
“What about the horses, Daddy?”
“I set them loose.” He shook his head and looked in the rear view mirror. Mamma gently touched his arm.
One of the last things Mamma grabbed was Daddy’s cowboy hat. All else was lost.
This week’s photo prompt is provided by Scott, author of the blog, Scott’s Place -original painting by Scott’s brother.