Happy – Flash Fiction

11 Feb

Her dad took the photo, Patricia remembers that, it would be another year before he let her touch this Instamatic. He stood far away, so that the scrub land and railings have more prominence than her mother’s face. And it was how she would always think of her, in black and white, hair blowing in the breeze, trousers rolled up to catch the dwindling sun.

‘Was she happy that day?’ Patricia asks her father, years later.

‘Obviously not,’ he says quietly, and she is annoyed that she has disturbed his thoughts.

She said she would just be a moment. That they hadn’t to wait for her. That she would catch up with them in the wee cafe they passed earlier. That they had to order her a pot of tea and some bread and butter.

Her tea was cold, and it was dark before they brought her back to the shore.

‘She looks happy in the photo though, Dad, doesn’t she? She doesn’t look like she’s…’ Patricia looks at her mother’s open pose, arms stretched wide , ready to embrace the day, ready to embrace the future, whatever it may bring.



This piece was inspired by the photo above from Creative Writing Ink – the competition is closed but I thought I would share this anyway as it’s been a few months since I’ve done any flash fiction.




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