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A House Needs Children And A Bell

He’d hung it by the window when they first married, all smiles and laughter as he joked about children.

“A big house needs filling with children and a bell to tell them all dinner is ready.”

She’d smiled back. Five years away from doctor’s waiting rooms and grave-faced test results they were happy. They were in love and staying together didn’t seem like a question.

“Just you watch.” she’d told him. “This place won’t feel so big once little ones start comin’, you’ll think there’s nowhere left to escape to.”

She was half right.


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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Oh,this is heart breaking!To be childless not out of choice but ‘cos one could not,is terrible-that last line is a killer! Excellent writing:-)

  2. L.E. Ellis says

    So short, but so powerful. Great job conveying that much emotion in so few words.

    • Indeed it is. If you’re interested I would definitely recommend the prompt, even if you just go in for the community side of it. It can be quite interesting seeing all the different directions people fly off in when given the same prompt.

  3. So sad. We never know what fate will befall us. I hope they find a way to bring youngsters into their lives somehow. A sad but well-written story.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  4. Dear Carol,

    Subtle and tenderly well done. Perhaps they can adopt. They sound like the kind of people who could give orphans a home, fulfilling two needs at once.



    • Indeed, adoption does seem like the best option for the couple. I do wonder if the effects of noting being able to have children of your own every really leaves a couple though.

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