Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #19

The image for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge this week is below and from Andrew Neel@pexels.com.
It had been fifteen years since he’d last seen his family, but he hadn’t changed much.
He didn’t really care if they had, his concern was for his mother who had recently celebrated her 90th birthday and was in the throes of dementia, hence his return home.
His siblings had never had a lot of time for him, even as a child, so it came as no surprise when he struck out on his own, though he had kept in touch by phone and the occasional postcard from whatever country he was working in or visiting. As far as everyone knew, he had done very well for himself.
Perhaps not as well as the greedy swines were anticipating, but he was going to see his Mom, not them, and they could make of it what they liked.
He’d been very careful in his choice of clothing, deciding on what he had worn when he’d left that day all those years ago. The jacket still had the button missing on the sleeve that his mother had admonished him for not replacing and OK,  it and the trousers were a bit short now, but he knew she would recognise him by his apparel at least.
To him, that was all that mattered.

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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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10 Responses to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #19

  1. Fandango says:

    I hope he had a pleasant homecoming.

  2. Sadje says:

    Great story!

  3. Jen Goldie says:

    Great write! Tons of people can identify! Way to go!

  4. DB McNicol says:

    Oh, what a bittersweet tale…loved the idea of him wearing his old clothes so she would recognize him.

  5. Michael says:

    A story of hope Di, a bit of a prodigal son.

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