There Was A Time

by | Aug 21, 2015 | Fiction, Flash fiction | 8 comments

Here’s a new 100-word story. Why not write your own story about a mother and son and add it as a comment? 100 words, no more, no less. A little discipline, a lot of fun.

There Was A Time
By Laura McHale Holland

4447647978_0de8691820_mShe buys chocolate for her son, 70 percent cacao, the darkest available at Raley’s. She drops it off with idle comments: nice day, isn’t it, or wasn’t that something how the 49ers tanked yesterday, or land sakes, that old tree’s bursting with figs this year! He stares at the wall and replies, uhuh or umhum or whee. She doesn’t stay long. There was a time when she brought flowers for his wife, coloring books for the kids, and the scents of jasmine and chlorine wafted in from the yard. There was a time when she knew he could be President.

Image of chocolate by Lee McCoy; Creative Commons License.


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  1. Eve Trout

    I just love these little stories. I also eat my chocolate 70% cacao. Love it.

  2. admin

    Thanks, Eve! I appreciate your support and that you took time to comment.

  3. Paige Adams STrickland

    Oh wow! This makes my imagination soar! Nice! Oh, and now I want chocolate!

  4. admin

    Thanks, Paige. I love that this story makes your imagination soar. I know that feeling when I read something that’s particularly good or arresting in some way, so that makes me very happy. … I want chocolate, too.

  5. Susan

    My mind is going to a lot of different settings for this. YIKES! Love it and you!


  6. admin

    Thank you, Sue. I’m happy that you love the story and that it as brought to your mind so many possibilities. I accept your love with much appreciation and send some love back to you.

  7. barbara toboni

    Oh good, a new writing prompt. Although I might apply it to a memoir story instead of fiction. Thanks, Laura.

  8. admin

    Thanks, Barbara. I’m delighted my flash fiction gave you some ideas for your own work. Hurrah!

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