The Empty Slot: Fiction Friday

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.


Photo copyright Claire Fuller

The Empty Slot

“Mom, why don’t you get rid of this stuff?” Jordan picked up the rock he painted when he was nine. “You hang onto the past too much.”

“You and Jeff were happy to display your treasures on these shelves.” Susan looked at the boys’ “art” collection, smiling.

“That was a long time ago.” Jordan put the rock back. “You kept that one small slot for yourself, but you never put anything in it.”

“My slot? It was always full, full of things unseen. Love, hope, memories. I imagined it as a resting place for faeries as they watched over you.”

To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog.