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Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.

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This is our photoprompt this week:
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Go on, give it a try and enjoy!

Fred hated this road.
He didn’t own a car, and had to rely on his trusty pushbike. None of these fancy models with gears that you could ride uphill. Oh no, his was the old variety that lived completely up to its name of PUSHbike.
He sighed, and plodded upwards.
He was early, as the shoe repairer wasn’t open yet. He never knew if that was good sign or not. Old Man Jarvis had been in business when he was a boy and was probably the oldest guy in town when he came to think of it.
Fred was getting old too. Now in his seventies, he was amazed that he could still manage this climb.
But it was worth it.
The little patisserie at the top did the best meringues and sweet pastries in the country.
He always bought an extra one and having loaded up his basket (yes, his bike was that old), he looked forward to the downhill thrill of sitting in the saddle, lifting his feet and letting gravity do the rest, just as he had as a child, the pastry melting in his mouth.
He often wondered if Mother knew.

195 words


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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  1. Reena Saxena says:

    The last sentence is fantastic 🙂

  2. James Pyles says:

    I used a similar theme with an entirely different ending.

  3. Michael says:

    I would think mother would be pleased she didn’t know. Great response Di.

  4. rogershipp says:

    First… Thanks for the great shout out. It is appreciated! Loved the last line! The comparison of the age requirements of your two characters…. well done! Thanks for participating this week.

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