Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #52

The in-class competition brief was to depict a pastime in Autumn.
Rosie thought long and hard, wanting something original, something that would blow the tutor’s socks off, but remain in keeping with the theme.
She had a week to present her piece which wasn’t long in the scheme of things.

The gate opened with its friendly squeak, and she let herself in through the back door.
Nan was in the kitchen. It was just the two of them now after her parents had been killed in a car crash and Grandpa had died years before.
Dipping her finger in the bubbling sauce in the pan, Nan playfully tapped her knuckles and asked her to set the table.
The kitchen was small but large enough for a fold down table and two chairs.
‘I’ll make tea shall I?’ she said.
‘Please. Don’t forget, one teaspoon for each of us and one for the pot. None of your teabag rubbish!’
Laughing, Rosie put a couple of books to one side and an idea began to form.

Her entry didn’t win, but she did come third which she was greatly pleased with in a class of 25.
She’d entitled it
‘Mint Tea and a good read on a chilly day.’

Written for
For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a foldable wooden chair upon which is a small, painted porcelain teapot and a clear glass cup with mint leaves soaking in water, both of which are sitting upon two books. Draped over the back of the chair is small, white, thickly weaved throw.



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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8 Responses to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #52

  1. Sadje says:

    Perfect, Di! 👌

  2. scifihammy says:

    You included all the visual clues and wrote a lovely story. 🙂

  3. Fandango says:

    Nicely done, Di.

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