Welcome to the two hundred and seventy-seventh in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story including the following keywords: hover, chance, over, two, disgust. Here is my 142-worder.
A Younger Version of Her
“Live for today,” his mother keeps telling him, but he can’t help thinking of things he’d change – the do-overs if only he had the chance.
Mother also tells him he needs a good woman, as if a younger version of her will help.
The last woman he was seeing was the reason he moved back in with his mother, Felicity Morrow-Johnson, much to the disgust of Trevor, Richard’s stepfather of two years.
“He’s 52, Felicity,” Richard heard Trevor whisper over the sports pages of the local paper.
“He just needs a change of image, takes after his father,” she replied, unaware of her son hovering outside the lounge door, staring at the hall mirror as he put on his anorak and headed down to the railway with his notebook tucked into one of the pockets.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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