This post if for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s picture was provided by Vanessa Rodriguez. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you all like it.
Smiling in satisfaction, Samuel positioned the last figure on the platform. It had taken months of work but his model railway was finally finished.
The day’s last light streamed in through the attic window, lighting the scene with a gentle touch. The sounds of the house drifted to his ears: Freddie and Alex squabbled over toys; Lily warbled nursery rhymes to her dolls; his beloved Jennifer clattered pots in the kitchen. They were sounds he loved to hear.
Flicking a switch, he set the trains in motion.
“Have you boys been in the attic again?” Jennifer’s shouted. Silence briefly fell.
“Then why can I hear your father’s trains?”
A moment later Jennifer stormed into the room, Freddie and Alex trailing behind.
“Still weren’t us, Mum.”
Absently flicking off the trains, Jennifer brushed her fingers over the newly completed station.
It had still been incomplete when he died.
Samuel smiled as Lily toddled into the room. “Daddy!” she chirped happily, looking right at him.
He set the trains back in motion.
Word Count: 175
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