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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 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.


  1. 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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