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Packing Up

‘He was never a man of great passion,’ her aunt sighed. Shoulder to shoulder they stood at the old kitchen table and worked through the stacks of photo frames, wrapping and sticking, piling them up one on top of the other into cardboard boxes.

‘But those trains,’ said her aunt. She passed the frame across and Anna looked at the stained silver square with its black and white occupant . ‘He loved those trains.’

Anna nodded, examining the steam train dutifully. She placed the frame down next to the box and picked up the next one.

Afterwards she put it up on the mantelpiece at home.

‘I remember that day,’ her father grinned. ‘First time I’d ever seen one.’ He pointed at the train and started talking, Anna stopped listening.

To the left, almost forgotten by the photographer, stood a woman.

‘My mother never did like cameras,’ said her father. He shook his head. ‘Then when she died he burnt the ones we’d managed to take. I suppose this one must have meant too much.’


Written for Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers

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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. Great nostalgic story! Makes me wonder why her husband would burn her photographs after she died? Thank goodness he left this one. 🙂 Very nicely done and I enjoyed reading it. Welcome to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! Thank you for your participation and I hope to see you in the future. I wanted to let you know that today is the last day of the challenge for last week. The InLinkz for this particular photo prompt will close tonight. I will be sending out a new challenge post tonight, for this week.

  2. A lovely response to the prompt. 🙂 I expect that picture will have even greater meaning for Anna now she knows it’s the only existing picture of her grandmother.

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