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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 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.


    • 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. I really enjoyed the pace of your story. It has the slow motion feel of pivotal events. Nicely done.

  4. IfeomaO says

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

  5. gahlearner says

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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