Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

Paula and Shane entered the house uninhabited since Paula’s mother died last year.  Except for dust and a musty smell, it didn’t look like the task to get the house ready for sale would prove too difficult.

“I think we should start in the attic,” said Paula.

Finding the attic door locked, Paula said, “Odd, I don’t have a key for this door.”

Shane removed the lock and the couple walked into a room filled with lamps.

“My mom survived the London bombings.  She had bad memories of the blackouts and feared the dark.  Looks like it became an obsession.”

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Submitted for Friday Fictioneers.  This is a fun writing prompt challenge.  Rochelle supplies a photograph to guide your writing and the word limit is 100.  Give it a try.

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41 responses

  1. What an interesting idea behind the reason someone would have so many lamps! Nicely done.

    janet

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  2. Dear Maryann,

    A thought provoking take on the prompt. An obsession with light. Nice one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Maryann,
    I was getting ready for something gruesome when they opened the attic door. I could see why someone would want to be surrounded by light, as if trying to chase away the memories associated with those dark days. Great story.
    -David

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  4. Sandra says:

    Nice take on the prompt, and understandable too.

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  5. znjavid says:

    Very nicely written.

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  6. It was a very original way to use the prompt. I was expecting something scary behind that locked door, but that was a lovely and understandable ending.

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  7. Creative story based on the prompt.

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  8. Nice idea! I wonder what they decided to do with the lamps.

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  9. Such a bitter sweet conclusion. Really meaningful and touching.

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  10. DCTdesigns says:

    I love knowing the reason behind the obsession. Very touching story.

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  11. Touching story and enjoyed the concept.

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  12. Nan Falkner says:

    I like the “locked attic door” theme. Your story was great – thanks! Nan

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  13. Sweet and simple. I like it!

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  14. storydivamg says:

    A good take on the prompt. Strong ending.

    Cheers!
    Marie Gail

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  15. Linda Vernon says:

    Well that’s an obsession I can certainly understand. You had a different take on the subject of lamps, and I like where you went with this.

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  16. atrm61 says:

    Oh,that was a surprising end and I really liked the unique way you used the prompt:-)

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  17. Understandable. Clever story.

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  18. camgal says:

    Very clever and indeed that’s an interesting obsession 🙂

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  19. I enjoyed this very plausible story.

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  20. An obsession with light would be a really beautiful obsession i’m sure
    Loved the story 😀

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