Waves hushed sounds of traffic far behind. Tiny fingers grasped mine, pulling past flowers and trees, little feet skipping over loose stones.
I took one step for her four.
She hadn’t told me our destination; “it’s a surprise Mummy.”
She glanced back, round eyes gleaming and all smiles, “we’re close!”
I couldn’t help but smile with her, adoration running deep.
Her pace slowed and I looked up.
I froze.
Upon a bed of grass, decorated with turquoise waves, lay a porcelain tea set; the one from my first birthday.
“Surprise, Mummy,” she beamed.
I hid tears in her embrace.

This is this week’s contribution to the 99 word flash fiction challenge over at the Carrot Ranch.
Charli’s prompt provided an image and the idea of a garden party, and I used both for inspiration.

9 thoughts on “Porcelain

    1. I’m glad the scene stood out well and that the surprise held strong :)
      Little-ones’ ability for love and generosity is forever humbling to us all-knowing adults. A never ending fount of inspiration.
      Thank you for your thoughts Charli! I’m glad you enjoyed it


  1. Love it! I’m participating in the Flash Fiction challenge for the first time this week and am really enjoying it so far! Such great posts from the participants! :-) I look forward to reading more of your work!

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    1. Thank you very much and a great welcome to you! I hope you enjoy it at the Ranch, they are a wonderful bunch of people and the weekly challenges are a fantastic way to keep those literary muscles working.
      I can’t wait to read your piece!


  2. I love the picture you create of the little girl and her mummy. Children get such joy from sharing their excitement with you and it was a beautiful scene. I got the impression (and I could be wrong) that seeing the tea set brought back painful memories rather than happy ones and I think there is another story there. Whether right or wrong I loved it.

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