Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #13

Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting this particular challenge. You can check out all the details and how to join in by clicking below

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The stifled sobs seeped through the walls.
She sat up. The cries suddenly stopped.
Next day she asked her aunt if everything was OK as she’d heard her crying in the night.
Her aunt paled as she denied it, stressing all was well and she must have been dreaming.

Two nights later hushed voices roused her.
‘I told you to be quiet! ‘
‘I’m lonely.’
‘Get to bed, not another peep out of you else you’ll pay the consequences.’
A resounding slap assaulted her ears, then a thud, followed by nothing.
She went back to sleep.

What a strange dream, she thought next morning going downstairs.
Her aunt was nowhere to be found and sitting at the table was a young woman she didn’t recognise.
‘Hello. Where’s my aunt?’ she asked.
The woman took an ornate key from her pinafore pocket.
‘Come and see.’

Turning the key in the attic lock, the young woman opened the door to reveal her aunt chained to a cot in the corner. She was disheveled, dirty and beaten.
‘Now she knows what it’s like to be chained up like an animal.’
With a menacing grin, the young woman pushed her inside and locked the door.

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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12 Responses to Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #13

  1. Sadje says:

    Oh, wow. Great story Di.

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  3. Holy Sh–! That is good! You have a great imagination! Is that her cousin who has been abused her whole life or something? Hahaha, I love it!

  4. rogershipp says:

    Thanks for participating this week. A great take on the prompt. Oh my …oh my…Thrilling!

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