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100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #10 – Jean and Albert

16 Sep

 

For many years Jean and Albert walked through life together. Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren had blessed their lives.

Every day since retiring, they walked to the nearby park to sit and enjoy their time together. Their favourite garden feature was an unusual sculpture. It was reminiscent of a human form.

As time passed, so did Jean.

Albert returned to the park and his memories. A shadow touched his face. He turned to their favourite sculpture and smiled. The heart shape torso had never flowered before but was now covered in red blooms.

Albert knew Jean’s spirit was with him.

 

 

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12 responses to “100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #10 – Jean and Albert

  1. Sally-Jayne

    September 16, 2011 at 23:11

    Beautiful. I got goosebumps reading this.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 17, 2011 at 07:57

      Thank you for your comment.

      The prompt picture was unusual but it gave me the idea for the story as I thought about the dressmaker’s mannequin shape. I decided to give it a spirit. 🙂

       
  2. jfb57

    September 17, 2011 at 22:22

    This is truly beautiful Ross. It is so gentle and comforting. Many thanks for taking on quite a difficult prompt!

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 17, 2011 at 22:37

      Thank you for the comment.

      The idea reminded me of a short film entered in the Australian Tropfest Film Festival. It dealt with the loneliness of losing someone with whom you have spent your life. Brief film synopsis…

      A man around 70 rises in the morning. He sets about making tea for his wife, adding a biscuit. Once he puts it on the bedside table, he showers and dresses in his best suit. He then lies down on the bed beside her. She had passed during the night.

      I decided my character would have the comfort of knowing Jean was still with him thus giving him hope. 🙂

       
  3. Anna Halford

    September 18, 2011 at 20:43

    What a touching piece. Lovely take on the prompt Ross.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 18, 2011 at 20:45

      Thanks for the comment.

      I seem to be drawn to the more sentimental themes at the moment. Just a ‘phase’ I guess. 🙂

       
  4. robinhawke

    September 19, 2011 at 07:29

    You translate sentiment well…Robin

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 19, 2011 at 19:30

      Thanks for the comment and compliment. 🙂

       
  5. gsussex

    September 20, 2011 at 05:51

    So lovely Ross : )

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 20, 2011 at 06:43

      Thanks for the comment.

      I was looking for something with feelings as the dominant emotion.

       
  6. Lynda Dixon

    September 20, 2011 at 05:57

    That is superb. So full of hope and love. I love it. Beautifully written.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 20, 2011 at 06:44

      Thanks for the comment and compliment.

      The idea was based on the notion love between a couple doesn’t stop when a life ends.

       

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