I saw this writing prompt on Geoff’s blog and thought I’d have a go. The prompt comes from Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch and the challenge is to write a piece of flash fiction of exactly 99 words on the theme of ‘spreading the light.’
Her hands trembled slightly as she peeled open the envelope. Even if she hadn’t recognized the handwriting, the foreign stamp gave it away.
Bloody plastic tree has no smell.
Christmas trees should be real. Living. They didn’t understand that in the home. Like they didn’t care that nobody was watching the TV. Her hands trembled.
“Here. Got your specs, Mrs. Fitz? Let’s give you a bit of light, shall we?”
We had candles at Christmas.
She cringed and blinked. Tears. She didn’t need to see to know what the message said.
“Sorry, Mam. Can’t make it this year.”