This post if for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s picture was provided by Ady. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. Here’s my entry. I hope you like it.
The Price of a Dream
“As children my brother and I played here,” Joseph began, remembering scrambling after Charlie through tangled undergrowth. “Back then it was so overgrown you could get lost, but we knew it as well as our own garden.
“At sixteen we got jobs as groundsmen. The pay was a pittance but we didn’t care – we dreamt of making the park great again.” He still recalled their early struggles but they’d persevered, driven by youthful passion. “We found funding and the regeneration began. We cleared, tamed and planted.
“The pavilion was our hideout as children: it was overgrown and decrepit, desperately requiring attention. We were determined to make it the heart of the park once more.”
Joseph gazed at the gathered faces, the bittersweet smiles and tear-stained cheeks. He struggled to keep his voice steady as grief clawed.
“Charlie died before the project was completed, killed protecting our dream from drunken vandals. Sadly I must stand here alone to announce: the Charlie Matthews Memorial Pavilion is now open to the public.”
Word Count: 175
This story was nearly 400 words long a few hours ago – I’m really hoping I haven’t cut out so much in editing it that it doesn’t make sense.
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