Friday Fictioneers #25

26 Aug

I thought I would get in early this week!  As per usual, the prompt for Friday Fictioneers can be found on Rochelle’s blog, and my story can be found below.

Buried prematurely

Sausage-shaped fingers wiggled impatiently in the air.

“Maisie,” I said, succumbing to the kindergartener’s enthusiasm.

“On my weekend,” she stated proudly, “I went to a nursing home for books.  When books get old, and their pages are crinkled, and their jackets are wrinkled or torn, the lib-rar-rians take the books off the shelves, and put them in big metal cupboards beneath the library to be safe…”

Maisie chattered.

My mind wandered.  Had I made the right decision putting my old, wrinkled, and crinkled and fading father into a nursing home?  Or, like the entombed books, had he been buried prematurely?


10 Responses to “Friday Fictioneers #25”

  1. Sandra August 26, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Sounds like guilt was already being experienced, even before the little girl put her hand up. Nice one.


  2. ceayr August 26, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    Good story, well done.


  3. Graham Lawrence August 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Wonderful. Well done. Thoughtfully written.


  4. Claire Fuller August 27, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    Good story, and interesting metaphor between books and father.


  5. Joy Pixley August 27, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    Wow, very cool. First I was all caught up in admiring the “nursing home for books” bit (!) and then bam, new twist with the narrator thinking of her father, linked back to the same words. Well done.


  6. Lorna's Voice August 27, 2015 at 5:40 am #

    Oh to be locked away and, as they say in the UK, “made redundant” when you (books or people) still have so much to offer…


  7. micklively August 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    In this digital age, could both books and people be converted to code, Matrix style?
    Interesting piece.


  8. Snow's Fissures and Fractures August 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    This is a great story, nice comparison.


  9. gahlearner August 29, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I love how the little girl describes the old books. And I hope that the librarian lets go of the guilt.


  10. Margaret August 31, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Poor teacher. I don’t think there’s any way to avoid guilt when it comes to caring for aging parents. No solution is perfect, and we seem to be hot-wired to feel inadequate when it comes to this task. Your story captures the feelings beautifully.


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