Written Fireside is a round robin style written, short story feature based on the campfire game where one person starts a story then passes it on to the next person gathered by the fire to continue.

For each story I write part 1, then each participating author (a Fire Writer) adds a part in turn.

Aug 5, 2013

Written Fireside: For Clara - The debut story



The unnaturally hot October day prompted Clara Ashburn to stand in the shade of a large, red leaf maple. Still as a statue, she stared straight ahead, her hands clasped firmly together. The words of the service washed over her, unheard. Afterwards, she marched up to her friend’s open grave and tossed a handful of dried rose petals on the coffin. Spine stiff she turned about and walked swiftly through the crowd, bumping into several mourners, tears almost blinding her. Some people called out to her but she ignored them.

It didn't make sense. Barbara shouldn't be dead.

A hard gust of wind pulled several strands of her hair free from the knot at the nape of her neck as she left the cemetery. Irritated Clara reached up, yanked out her hairpins and went to shove them into her skirt pocket. To her surprise, something was already there. She pulled it out and stopped cold.

Clara felt the blood drain from her face as she stared at the small, white envelope. A lump formed in her throat. She knew that loopy scrawl. Tears fell, blurring ink in splotches. Her hands shook while her fingers clenched it so tightly the paper started to tear. She forced herself to relax her grip.

How is this possible?

A large hand dropped on her shoulder. “We need to talk.”


To be continued on August 10th

by

Teresa F. Morgan

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