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Unwanted (Friday Fictioneers)

October 10, 2019
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I was not going to open it.

His passing was still a raw festering wound that tore my chest apart. The funeral held weeks ago did nothing to purge the bitterness from my soul. Then this morning, the trunk arrived.

Nope.

Not gonna touch it.

It sat, like an apple on my table. No doubt sent to torment, to tempt me into a single bite. I imagined I could smell the rot beginning and wondered how long it would take to destroy everything around it.

I should burn it. Or bury it.

I’ll post it to my sister. His favorite.

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27 Comments
  1. Lovely, Laurie. The image of rot and contagion was great. And the final vindictive decision

  2. Ouuu, that one was vicious. Love the apple analogy to temptation. Great Story!

  3. Great story Laurie, it seems sibling rivalry and poor parenting has left some bitterness. Well done.

  4. sometimes it is better to burn and forget, but then the sister would always open the wounds and toxic memories. Pass the trunk on.

  5. Dear Laurie,

    I’d say time to pass the trunk along. Obviously it holds only bad memories. So sad and true to some family dynamics. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  6. What a dilemma. Favourite or not, I’m not sure the sister would appreciate it.

    Here’s my story

  7. This is great peice. It had me grasped till the very end. You are an amazing writer! Keep writing!🌸

  8. Sounds like a toxic family situation.

  9. Knowing you, there’s something more wicked than memories in that box. A portal or a black hole maybe? (-;
    Tracey

  10. If it is to cause her such grief, best she passes it along…
    Great descriptions.

  11. So very powerful! Great description. I think I agree some things are best passed along than endured …

  12. A good story. I doubt I’d have the willpower to just leave it to sit there, Laurie. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

  13. Oho! I hope she has the will power to follow up on her decision before that trunk becomes more than she can resist 🙂

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