Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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History In The Attic

The attic had long since seen better years, and Julia’s knees no longer allowed her to climb the steps.

‘You’re sure you want this downstairs?’ her grandson asked. He called over his shoulder, shirt sweat stained and shoulder muscles straining beneath the fabric. ‘I ain’t carrying it back up.’

‘I’m sure,’ she told him, watching from the hallway.

She let the men place it, her son and a friend who seemed to always visit when Joshua did.

‘It was my mother’s, and her mother’s before that.’ Six generations it’s clothed.

She patted the old sewing machine.

‘Perhaps seven?’ she smiled.


Photo Prompt © Sandra Crook


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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. gahlearner says

    I think the grandmother may be in for a disappointment. Unless grandson and friend decide to adopt. Great take.

    • I think you might be the only one who picked up on that. Who knows though, it’s a modern world and there are plenty of options.

  2. michael1148humphris says

    Sadly I saw her making funeral clothes! 🤕

  3. mickwynn2013 says

    I did think the grandma had got the wrong end of the stick and the mis-comprehension between her and her grandson makes for good comedy

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