Petals in Pages -- Flash Fiction Challenge

"Petals in Pages"

In the end, there wasn’t much to remember her by.  Her scent had vanished.  Her possessions had been dispersed to the children.  Everything that identified her as a tangible person was gone.  Never before had Walter felt so alone in the house they built into a home.  Purging everything had been his idea; it was easier to look around the empty rooms without the constant reminders.  All Walter had left were his memories and the lone, once pink rose Janet had pressed into his favorite book years ago.  He carefully clutched the stem and wept silently into the darkness.

This post is part of Charli Mill's Flash Fiction Challenge hosted by Carrot Ranch Communications
June 3, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a rose. It can be straight-forward, romantic, funny. What is your rose today and what is its story? Who craves the rose or shrinks away? Why? Let the prompt fully bloom in your imagination.
The rules can be found here.


  1. Welcome to Carrot Ranch. Your flash is so poignant.You have described perfectly the hard time the remaining spouse has when a loved partner of many years dies and leaves them looking at the memories every day and then, when the physical evidence has gone, the aloneness that follows. I can see my mother after my Dad died in this flash.

  2. Ah, so tender and sad. Just as some people hoard, others purge. But I like that he found the one item she left behind. Thank you for your contribution this week! Look for it in our Tuesday compilation.

    1. Thank you for hosting such an awesome community!


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