Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #52

Roger Shipp is our host for the FFftPP challenge. You can find out more here
Picture ref: MorgueFIle 2020 October file1781279564609
It was New Year’s Eve, and he was toasting all his friends,
There was Tommy and Nigel, Jim and Tony, Alicia and Norma, and Fred.
Oh, dear Fred. His best mate for thirty years, beaten cancer twice and got run over by a bloody bus. He laughed. Fred never seemed to do things by the book.
He raised his glass and realised it was empty……….. again.
He went to the fridge. Only three left.
He started to sing.
‘Ten green bottles……….. ‘
Ten friends, all lost this year, and he was toasting them all.
He staggered back to his sofa, clutching the three remaining bottles to his chest, tears streaming down his face.
Peter, Sam and Trudy.
The last empty bottle fell from his hand.
They were all gone, so who would mourn his passing?

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.
This entry was posted in #flash fiction, blogging, Challenge, photoprompt and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #52

  1. Nice job. It made me want to cry for him.

  2. murisopsis says:

    This one squeezed a couple tears from me… Yes this one tugs at the heart.

  3. Sadje says:

    Oh such a sad story

  4. Carol anne says:

    Wow! Powerful story Di! ❤

  5. rogershipp says:

    Wow! Not at all what I was expecting. So much sadness this year. I wish you many blessings for the next!

Comments are closed.