This short piece of creative writing is for the purposes of the competition at Friday Fictioneers, the task being to compose a story, based on the given photo prompt, in 100 words or less (my word count: 100). Enjoy!

Dale Rogerson
Credit: Dale Rogerson

I’m fed up with boxes. I’m fed up with their sticky labels dogeared corners.

At first, they excited me; whenever I looked at them, I saw hope. I was going to get out of this dingy, old flat and escape to the city, where I would finally be able to be myself. Now, though, all I feel is pain.

This town of mine, this strange, little town… it’s my home. I hadn’t really appreciated that before – not until today, my last day. I stare hard at the flowers on the kitchen table – at my last bit of home.

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37 Comments Add yours

  1. Moon says:

    It happens all the time . Don’t know why , it’s like we are programmed to wait until the goodbye to appreciate a person’s or thing’s worth. You have captured the emotion really well .


  2. Moon says:

    Happens all too often. We don’t appreciate the worth until it’s time to say goodbye. You have captured the narrator’s emotions really well.🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree.. it’s such a sad thing.


  3. Ellora says:

    Lovely piece of writing – really thoughtful 🙂

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  4. Jelli says:

    I fear the day I will have to move, now. We just got some ‘real’ furniture. Now, it’s not a ‘pack up the car and go’ anymore. Pretty scary. Loved the story.


    1. Aw, I’m sure it’ll be okay, even with ‘real’ furniture you can move! Glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

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  5. Alice Audrey says:

    It’s so much easier to leave if you don’t look back.

    Great story. Come see mine here.

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    1. Very true, shame that’s sometimes hard, though


  6. Iain Kelly says:

    We grow so attached to the places we stay in, especially where we have grown up. Nice take, felt very real.

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    1. Very true, Iain! Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

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  7. Dale says:

    As one who has been living in boxes and dreading the day I have to repack to move… but at the same time cannot wait…

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    1. Sounds about right! Thanks for reading

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  8. Dear Emily,

    I felt her apprehension. Sometimes the miserable known feels safer than the unknown. Good one.



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  9. granonine says:

    I felt the emotion. Well-written.

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  10. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    That last line was a heart breaker. Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much – glad the emotion came across.


  11. This writing is quite poetic in a way. There’s something in people that resists change but it’s usually overpowered by our desire for new adventures.🙄

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    1. Very true, an eternal struggle perhaps! Thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂

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  12. So often we imagine the grass to be greener on the other side. I know, I’ve made that mistake myself!. A beautifully composed piece.

    `Click to read my FriFic

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    1. Thanks, Keith!! It’s just part of human nature, I think – no fault of your own.


  13. Miles Rost says:

    I will feel this whenever I finally leave Korea and go to where I am to go next. Korea holds a very special place…it is my home.

    Well done!

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    1. Thank you, glad you can relate!


  14. The angst and the desolution came through very well. Nice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂


  15. Very palpable emotion. Wonderfully done.

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  16. Better the devil we know. I felt your character’s apprehension. Next to marriage (and divorcse) moving home is the most emotionally traumatic time we can feel. Nicely portrayed.

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    1. Thank you! Having just moved into my first flat I thought it was pretty relevant.


  17. gahlearner says:

    That’s beautiful. Without endings, there can be no new beginnings, and hindsight is often deceptive.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words! This is very true – no matter how much we want them, we won’t get any beginnings without a few endings! Thanks for reading.


  18. erkendrich says:

    Reblogged this on Diary of a would-be novelist and commented:
    Mixed emotions are beautifully portrayed in this simple but evocative piece of writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Such a raw and honest emotion. and you put it to words, way to go!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you so much 🙂


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