A Gift for Mother-Flash Fiction (true story)

Ah well, I couldn’t resist writing this little ditty based on a true story.

Yesterday’s prompt: write a story from a child’s perspective.


A Gift for Mother-123 words

The white shoe box rests expectantly on the grass. What to put in it?

Out in a grassy field, nestled in a luscious outdoor world filled with trees, wild flowers, and butterflies, I spy the perfect things to make Mother happy. I pick one up and drop it in my grubby, chubby palm.

I throw open the front door, bound up the stairs heading straight for Mother’s pristine bedroom.
‘Mommy! A gift!’ I thrust the open box at her.

Smiling, Mother turns. But the smile fades, replaced with a screech of horror.
‘Get those out of the house!’

I look at the writing, inter-twined mass of colourful, fuzzy caterpillars.

One day they’ll be butterflies.

Mother looks green.

I close the box.

D. Forde (May 2013)

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