Sue Vincent has a knack for capturing stories in photographs. This is her #writephoto prompt for this week, and here is the story it revealed to me:
‘It’s not much, but it’s ours,’ he said, whisky brown eyes crinkling at the corners. She squealed, laughing as he scooped her up in strong arms to carry her over the threshold…
… the baby cried, curve of downy cheek golden in the light of the fire, until his mother picked him up, cradling him close…
…’Catch me if you can!’ the boy called, running out into the small yard, his sister toddling after him…
…’I’ll love you forever,’ he said, voice choked with emotion, two children clinging to his legs, their mother pale and cold in the bed…
…’I’m getting married,’ he said. ‘Will you be there, Da?’ His sister cried, coming to hug him, their joy ringing from the old walls…
…’He’s with Mama now,’ the young woman said, her hand tight in that of her betrothed, tears on her cheeks…
…’That’s everything cleared out then,’ he said, locking the door and slipping the key into his pocket. He put his arm around his sister’s shoulder and they stood for a moment, before turning and walking away…
The old cottage shrugged and sighed, another tile falling, another memory smashing into dust. Yet there were more where they came from, each stone, each rotting timber, telling a tale, until there was nothing left to tell.
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Love how you did that, Helen, weaving a patchwork of events into that cottage’s tumbledown history… very well done!
Thanks, Ali – glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks! xx
Stone lives slower than we… the gaps between the highs and lows of our stories would barely register…
Love this, Helen. xx
Thanks so much, Sue – I do think that walls hold memories, as do places. But then I think you already know that 🙂 Really glad you enjoyed this xx
I know…and I’m with you on that one. xx
I like the ingenuity of letting your story’s structure tell the tale. A notch above most of the writing on WordPress.
Thanks so much, Penny *blushing* that’s very kind of you to say 🙂
Sheesh, I’m all choked up now. I guess I’m extra-emotional today, and you’ve pushed the buttons. 🙂 Good job.
Aw, hope you’re okay. And thanks xx
Oh yeah, fine – nothing other than feeling emotional. 🙂
Some days are like that – hope the blues leave you soon x
It’s not even feeling blue – just emotionally reactive. So touching stories like this will making me tear up. It’s all good. 🙂
Glad to hear it, hope the blues leave you soon xx
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Loved this Helen, and I really loved your opening line about what story the photo prompt revealed to you. Great way of looking at a photo prompt!
Thanks so much, Jessica 🙂 Really pleased you enjoyed this. Sue has a great knack of capturing stories in photos, and one of the reasons I love her #writephoto prompts is the variety of responses she gets.
I enjoyed this very much, Helen. It suited the worn house which is holding onto its stories.
Thank you – I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I think there are a lot of stories in that little house 🙂
Wow. Beautiful post, Helen. I love what you did with this prompt. 🙂
Thanks so much, Diana 🙂 It was a lovely prompt x
Thank you! 🙂
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