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642 – Red Birds and Gravestones

This week’s prompt is another long-ish one, and just like that week it’s allowed me to play around with an idea I’ve had recently.

As always, feel free to borrow the prompt if it speaks to you. If you do please link back here so I can read your interpretation 🙂


A vivid childhood memory from the child’s perspective

“Use red! 

“Red? You sure you wouldn’t prefer blue?”

“YES!” My sister laughs, but I eye the red pen in her hand just in case it suddenly turns blue and ruins my bird. 

“Okay, okay. Red it is.” My sister is amazing. She can draw anything, and she’s drawn me a cartoon bird, just for me. I watch as its feathers turn a bright crimson.

“Here you go. Don’t forget to give it a name.” She hands me the paper drawing and I clutch it to my chest. 


“Bird the bird, huh? Sounds good!” I beam up at her, then I gasp as a sharp pain sears through my cheek. 

“Clara! Please, stay with me!” My eyes fly open and stare into Lonnie’s scared face. “Thank God you’re back! I thought I’d lost you!” She hugs me, but I stand rigid as the sound of raindrops bounce from my umbrella. At least I won’t need to water her flowers today.

My sister’s grave looks as cold and as surreal as ever. It’s not good enough to be her final resting place. Nothing is.

I resist the temptation to close my eyes again and join my sister in a world where the accident didn’t kill her. One where we’re both still children and unfamiliar with the idea of suicide.

I’ve put Lonnie through enough panic for one day. I can escape when I’m alone.


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  1. kay kay

    Wow. The feelings. 🙁 I can’t even put my thoughts into words. Great piece.

    • Goodness, you were quick this morning!
      Thank you so much. Since you started beta reading for me I’ve got a whole new appreciation for your feedback <3 I know you mean it, and it means a lot. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      • kay kay

        Well, your piece was quite face-paced. It’s that present tense. 🙂 Lol. I hope I didn’t give you whiplash.

  2. Wow! What a tragic and moving tale. Your words are so powerful, they have brought tears to my eyes… in a good way!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories with us <3

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