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Oh Those Secrets We Let Out On The Page


Photo Prompt –  Copyright Kent Bonham

His sketchbooks sat in two neat stacks on the shelves nearest the window.

He placed them there when they moved in.

In the evenings she would find herself watching the spines and wondering what it was that they contained.

Sixteen neat little books. No more than a centimetre deeper each. They never moved.

‘May I look?’ she asked one night.

He shook his head and laughed.

‘Why would you want to?’

She shrugged and turned back to the television.

He didn’t. He stood and moved for the shelves.

‘I’ve never shown anyone before.’ He held one. ‘I wouldn’t know how.’


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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.


    • I’m glad you think so. It’s funny, I put so much work onto wordpress but still if you ask me in person I find it really nerve racking to share my work.

      • I’m the same way. I don’t mind if people on the internet read my work, but if a friend or family member asked to read my work, I’d be super nervous!

  1. beautifully done. We are always in fear others may not see our pictures or words as we do, so we don’t share.

    • Indeed. It’s a fear I had to conquer when I started this blog. I still get nervous about sharing my work with friends and family though. It’s so much easier on wordpress where the screen is there to protect you.

  2. I think this is going to be a more important moment for him than it is for her – I hope she realises this. Nicely crafted account of the stage where a relationship moves closer, or perhaps even further away.

  3. IfeomaO says

    When it’s time, he’ll take the plunge..if ever. Detailed and riddled with real emotions. Good job

  4. Beautiful. This describes the shyness of the creative introvert perfectly. I think she has a genuine interest but doesn’t want to pester, and he finally opens up. Funny that often posting what we write on a blog with like-minded people is easier than sharing it with family and friends.

  5. Dale says

    Love this take, Carol. So true. Definitely a step closer to intimacy when you are ready to share that which is sacred to you.

  6. Mike says

    Relationships and sharing have always been dangerous, get it right and your sailing, get it wrong and… You are sailing

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