Short Stories & Flash Fiction
Comments 3

Paintings And Promises

‘Lot three hundred-and-eighty-two.’

Alexi’s head picked up at the auctioneer’s words. Not much, just a slight twitch that shows she’s still paying attention and has been for the last three-hundred-and-eighty-one lots.

‘This one,’ she says, handing the paddle across to the tall man beside her. She’s short herself. Four foot eleven with dark hair that reaches her waist when loose but currently curls round itself in a tight knot at the top of her scalp.

The tall man nods and turns the paddle over in his hands.

‘Now,’ says the auctioneer. ‘This particular lot…’

Alexi blurs out the voice, focusing instead on the rotating wall beside the auctioneer’s podium .She sucks in a breath as her father’s face stares back at her. The bidding starts.

‘Remember, wait for the field to thin.’

The tall man nods again and puts his hands behind his back, hiding the paddle.

Alexi continues looking at her father, high cheekbones, thin lips, blue eyes, all features that he passed onto her three hundred years before. All of a sudden she feels old.

‘Now,’ she says and the tall man raises the paddle.

The auctioneer sees them and take the bid but another figure has raised the price in seconds.

‘M’am?’ Alexi hears the concern in his voice. ‘Are you sure?’

‘Keep biding,’ she orders. ‘I’ll have him back, one way or the other.’ The man nods and raises the paddle again.

A promise is a promise and Alexi was determined to keep her’s.

ZN6L1ZT073 (1).jpg

Written For The Daily Prompt: Paint

This entry was posted in: Short Stories & Flash Fiction


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.


    • Quick tip. If you’re commenting on blogs just to get views on your own blog, try and at least make it sound like you took something from the writer’s piece and less like an add. This comment got tagged as spam.

  1. Pingback: If We Were Having Coffee | Writing and Works

Please take the time to tell me what you think, I love receiving feedback. :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.