This post if for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it.
Sophia’s first experience of wind chimes was one of Debbie’s fondest memories. Her daughter had been a toddler, exploring her grandparent’s garden, when the wind set the ornaments into song. She’d stared, eyes wide, before releasing peals of joyous laughter, her pudgy hands clapping as she insisted they, “play again!” The wind had kindly obliged.
Now, seventeen years later, Debbie liked to believe her daughter was happy, sitting on the veranda with sweetly chiming notes playing beside her. In truth, she probably wasn’t even aware of them.
Sophia lived her days as if lost in a dream: her eyes vacant, gaze distant. She ate when food was placed in her hands; she slept when she was tired. Occasionally she moved, ghostly silent, around the room.
Debbie would talk to her, passing on family news and gossip. Occasionally she’d scream and shout, shaking her daughter’s unresponsive shoulders and demanding she awaken. Like today.
She hadn’t expected a response.
“Waiting,” Sophia breathed. Though lucidity quickly fled it was enough to give Debbie hope.
But… waiting for what?
Word Count: 175
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