What We Don’t Remember – Fiction

Time again for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  So grateful to PJ for hosting this weekly challenge. This week’s photo prompt is provided by Mark with @any1mark66. Thank you,  Mark!

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Here is the photograph and my story:

What We Don’t Remember

“Cindy.”  The Inspector smiled at me. Perhaps he was expecting a smile in return – one I did not give him. “Thank you for waiting,” he said.

And well he should be thankful, too. I’d waited, as he’d asked, for 10 minutes in a room with no windows, colored in hues of beige and a slightly darker beige.

I was tired from the day trip my senior group had taken. We’d stopped at one of those road stop places. The sort that sells saltwater taffy and carved statues of local wildlife. This particular one had a lime green alien statue welcoming visitors to the shop.

“Is there anything else you remember about the child?” the inspector asked me.  Apparently, a child had gone missing about the same time our senior van arrived at the road stop.

And that’s when I started crying. I wanted to remember, but I couldn’t.


18 thoughts on “What We Don’t Remember – Fiction

  1. Great story! It would be awful to know that you may have seen something that could help in solving a crime or kidnapping , but could not remember anything about it. She will probably keep going over and over the time she was there in hopes of remembering something. Maybe the green alien had the power to keep her from remembering.


  2. The fact that this old lady is so tired after the outing sets the scene nicely for whatever happened to the child. What the reason for her memory loss actually was, and what happened during it, could be developed well in future episodes. Before you know it you’d have a great crime/detective/scifi novel. Or just something less vivid about the effects of dementia. Well crafted story, Ellespeth! 😀


  3. I have this sneaky suspicion that she is directly responsible for whatever have to the child, but maybe suffering from some sort of split personality that makes it impossible for her to remember. Great writing. Cheers, Varad


  4. Hm, interesting. Makes me wonder if there’s more mystery here than meets the eye — like, did she see something important and yet her mind is keeping her from remembering? And if so, why? Nicely done.


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