Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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Old Building, New Hands

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Copyright Jean L Hays

Carrie leant the brush against the counter and checked the room again. Cardboard was stacked neatly in one corner, bubble wrap in a heap next to it and the twelve black bin bags of crap from twenty years neglect were by the door.

She sighed and dusted her hands off. Not bad for the first day.

The fading sunlight tumbled in through the stain-glass windows as she pattered towards the door.

‘De-consecrated,’ she murmured. ‘Just another word for abandoned.’

She spun and eyed up the old alter, broken and grimy with dirt. She smiled.

‘Not for much longer,’ she said.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. 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. 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 poem ‘Sunsets’ was 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. More recently 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 here on Writing and Works.

17 Comments

  1. Ooh, nice spin on the photo prompt, to make it a church window. And what a great image you paint of those first steps of facing the grime of neglect.

    • My parents took me to church semi-regularly as a child and I’ve always loved stain glass so the two have always merged in my mind. Thank you for the comment.

  2. Dale says

    Bravo to her! I would have loved to rescue an old building (or store) and turned it into a coffee shop…

  3. Good story, Carol. This type of thing is what keeps some of the areas of cities alive when they’re dying. Great description. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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