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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 J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  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.

  3. Is this “flash fiction”? What a bloody brilliant concept. Little micro stories. 😀

    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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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