FFfAW #19 – Home Again

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, #19: Limit of 175 words, max

Source: Sonya O.

The mere act of stepping out of the airport taxi in front of her childhood home was so difficult that the driver came around and opened her door, offering his extended hand.

“You sure this is the right place?” he asked.

“Oh yes, I’m sure.”

Sam grabbed her purse and her shopping bag, and put a twenty into the driver’s hand. “Thank you,” she said quietly as she slipped by him and kept walking.

She skirted a wide circle around the unfenced house and headed directly through a wide expanse of English ivy. Treading slowly down the hill, she sighed to see the grave markers still standing.

“Only for you, Evan. Only for you would I come back here again,” she whispered to the urn, as she removed it from the bag.

Reaching her hands in, she once again danced and ran and sat amongst the stones, letting Evan’s ashes mingle with the air and earth of the only place, he’d said, that his spirit had ever felt free.

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7 thoughts on “FFfAW #19 – Home Again

  1. Beautiful. It’s a complete story, but it also feels like there could be so much more story here. Is Evan her husband? Brother? Someone else? That’s the biggest question that this held for me. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of her only going back there for him, and yet still dancing, running and sitting amongst the stones, which feels (to me) like she feels free there, too. The tension in those two ideas is a big part of what makes me believe there’s a lot more to this.


  2. what a delight to read this… love that Sam braved all to bring back Evan’s ashes to free his soul… beautifully written!


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