This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt is from Sonya. Thank you, Sonya! The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it.
To Follow the Sun
Sometimes Meredith wondered whether the face staring back from the mirror could really be her own. The sagging skin and deeply etched wrinkles, the faded hair: all looked as though they belonged to someone else. Anyone else. Surely there was no way they could belong to her.
What had happened to the bright eyed girl who’d captivated the hearts of a generation?
The truth was hard to accept. The party going beloved of the gossip rags was gone. Only photographs remained of a passionate life. Her vivacity had leached away, unnoticed, until all that remained was a dried out husk.
Meredith sighed, turning away from the depressing sight. Weariness dragged at her bones as she hobbled back to her armchair.
The urge to dance, to laugh and sing, to love with wild abandon, had dwindled now. She’d followed the bright lights for as long as she was able – like a sunflower following the path of the sun, unwilling to accept the inevitability of advancing age.
But even the brightest bloom withered eventually.
Word Count: 172
This story is inspired by the William Blake poem ‘Ah! Sunflower’ that I studied in my A Level English. The words of this poem come into my head as soon as I see a sunflower.
Ah! SunflowerAh! Sunflower, weary of time,Who countest the steps of the Sun:Seeking after that sweet golden climeWhere the traveller’s journey is done.Where the Youth pined away with desire,And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:Arise from their graves and aspire,Where my Sunflower wishes to go.
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