Reaching high – #flashfiction

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers and this week’s 100 word challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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“There’s nothing like that there, darling. You shouldn’t lie.”

“I was close to it. I’m telling you it was huge. This big.” He jumped on the spot, reaching high with his fingertips.

“Sweetie—”

“No, I was right next to it. I’m not lying.”

“We were there last week, right there.”

He retreated and stomped into his bedroom.

Later, on the local news, she saw it. A clockwork sculpture in the park. It towered above the reporter’s head.

She crept into his bedroom, kissed his forehead and covered his little form.

“Sorry,” she whispered.

A small smile lifted the end of his lips.
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16 comments

  1. Lovely story. Reminds me of the Catherine M. Wallace quote:

    “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”

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    1. That’s a great quote and very true. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Kids! Sometimes we do miss what they say!
    Love that she made up to him!
    Simple and sweet!

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    1. Simple worked best here and apologising felt important at the end.

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  3. An absolutely enchanting tale. Delightful.

    Click to read my 100 words!

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    1. Thanks, Keith 🙂

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  4. Lovely. Full of the magic and belief of childhood. I sense a ‘bigger story’ in this!

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    1. It’s a small instance in what is a never ending story – childhood. Thank you.

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  5. Even if he HAD imagined it, she should have listened – there are more truths than one to every story.

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    1. When children tell of imaginary things we forget they are also bringers of truth.

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  6. Sweet story … love the mothers ability to admit her error. Nicely told …
    Isadora 😎

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    1. So important to apologise – it sets a good example.

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  7. That’s such a great example of what we all sometimes fail to do. And his reaction was so well expressed in such a short space.

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    1. Thank you – I’m always amazed at what I can do in 100 words!

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  8. This is lovely!

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