A Jar of Marbles

This 100 word story is for the purposes of The Friday Fictioneers Challenge that runs on a weekly basis. You can read the other entries for the competition by clicking on the blue froggy button at the bottom of this post.


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Credit: Janet Webb

Some people bury their secrets in the past, but not my mother. She buries her secrets in a jar of marbles. She doesn’t know I’ve seen them, and I’m not sure I’ll ever tell her, but up on the windowsill, next to the old candlestick and forgotten paintings she did long ago, sits her jar.

I’d noticed that someone had moved all the marbles round, so I’d stuck my hand inside. I’d seen the old photographs and crumbled drawings. Now, I feel almost ashamed; I feel like I’ve crossed some line somewhere and stumbled upon her soul.

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43 Comments Add yours

  1. Dear Emily,

    Perhaps this will make her feel closer to her mother. Nicely done. And while I’m at it, welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you ever so much! Glad to have found you 🙂

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  2. Glad to visit your blog… I almost felt the jar of marbles being a metaphor… but it can be nice to have your secrets handy.

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    1. Haha I did begin that way, but then decided that secrets can be literal as well as figurative! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  3. Moon says:

    I would feel guilty too , if I were her. Hope her mother is forgiving and despite the knowledge of the incident and first awkward conversation , it gradually opens up new possibilities for the mother-daughter relationship.
    Lovely story , Emily !

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yes, let’s hope that the relationship doesn’t get too awkward from now on… I can only half-blame the child, though, as they didn’t know what they were going to find when they stuck their hand in there! Thanks again for reading 🙂

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      1. Moon says:

        The pleasure is mine , Emily .🙂

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    An interesting idea of a person’s soul collected in a jar. Nice take.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  5. wmqcolby says:

    Hmmmmm. Interesting perspective on the marbles. I lost mine years ago, unfortunately.

    Nice work, Emily! Five out of five purees.

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    1. Oh no, wonder where they went? Thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂

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  6. Sandra says:

    I really liked this.

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    1. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  7. bittersweetsoflifeblog says:

    This jar of marbles is a container of emotions and memories of bygone days.

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    1. That’s the idea, yes; it’s a jar of memories as much as it is a jar of marbles.

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  8. What a neat idea! I love how you conveyed so much in just 100 words.

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    1. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  9. James McEwan says:

    I like the conflict between curiosity and guilt of prying into someone’s privacy. You have captured an essence of human nature. I enjoyed reading this more than once.

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    1. Thank you very much for such a lovely comment; I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  10. Hopefully, she didn’t discover something she’d rather not have known! Excellent.

    Please click to read my FriFic

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    1. Let’s hope it was nothing too embarrassing at the very least! Thanks for reading – I love your story, too 🙂

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  11. This is a lovely interpretation of the prompt. I like it very much.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it; thank you for reading!

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  12. gahlearner says:

    Great story, but isn’t it a bit sad that mum has to hide things? I wonder what story her secrets tell.

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    1. Maybe, but everyone has secrets – some even hide them from themselves – I think a private bit of sentimentality is allowed.. thanks for reading and commenting!

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  13. rgayer55 says:

    Dear Emily,

    I always felt guilty digging around in my parents stuff, but hey, isn’t that what all kids do? Often we find something we wish we hadn’t. That sounds like the situation here.

    Well done, and welcome to FFF,
    Russell

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    1. Hi Russell,

      I think that’s exactly what’s going on here! It’s a child’s nature to investigate things that they probably shouldn’t be; at least this time they didn’t feel too good about snooping around. Thanks very much! 🙂

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  14. L.E.R.T says:

    This was beautiful, Emily. But which kid hasn’t rooted through their folks’ stuff? It is a vital part of growing up. I’m pretty sure the mom would understand.

    Cheers, Varad

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Varad! I can certainly tell you that I have done just this, many times. It is indeed natural, and that’s part of the beauty of it. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  15. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Great take on the prompt. Love the ending it was like a child discovering Santa isn’t real, things will never be the same again.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! I like your analogy haha, and you’re quite right; it’s that sort of strange disappointment when you realise your parents aren’t perfect.

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  16. granonine says:

    Well done. Better to leave other people
    s secrets alone 🙂

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  17. Fluid Phrase says:

    Nice story of bonding. Loved it!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it; thanks for reading!

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  18. Would love to see more of this.

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  19. Star Spatika says:

    Excuse me, someone’s blog named peace with my life had your profile photo. And it had just changed…

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    1. How very strange! Thanks for letting me know, and I’m glad you liked the story

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      1. Star Spatika says:

        Someone might be misusing it..

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