Pressing Sam

Photo copyright: Mag

Photo copyright: Magaly Guerrero

As the sun faded Meg collected her specimens and carried them to her workshop. Carefully she arranged them between layers of tissue, them placed piles of books over them.

Standing back she scanned the crowed walls of her studio, its floral decorations brightened her mood. That was until she thought about Sam. If only she had pressed him when they first met. What colour he had then. Now all he could do was demand, where’s my supper, my slippers, the remote. He was not even worth pressing now. Was he? As she looked at the rickety garage wall she wondered.

A Tea Break for a Writer

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Footnote: This was the original planned story for this weeks photo prompt. My earlier posting rather took over!

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    I love this, not least because of its darkness, but also not least because you focussed on what was UNDER the books

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil. The picture offered me so much to write about. I love this feature about prompts and flash fiction.

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I felt for Megan and loved the idea of pressing him so he stayed the same. None of us do, do we? Well done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I do love where the prompts take me.

  3. gahlearner

    Haha. When I was reading the footnote to your other story, I was wondering briefly about the pressed flowers. Now I know. I love it, especially the humour in it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am not good with humour, so your comment double pleases me. Thank you.

  4. Sarah Potter Writes

    An amusing but kind of sad take on the prompt. It’s such a pity that people lose their colour and love often turns so sour and focused on the mundane. Meg certainly needs to do something radical to get Sam’s attention and stop him taking her for granted.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are so right, life mundane events often overpower people, forcing their spirit and love to retreat.

  5. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    This is so sad. Doesn’t she realize that she too is no longer the same.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now there’s a thought, I guess that she did not realise she has also changed. Often change happens so slowly, that we do not see it in ourselves.

  6. Sandra

    I think she might be about to deliver a crushing blow. Good one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is my belief also, but the story may develope otherwise due to a comment made by a fellow writer [Life Lessions of a Dog Lover]

  7. Michael Wynn

    Dark thoughts brooding and a great analogy between the colour of youth and fresh flowers. Great take well executed

  8. yuhublogger

    This story has been penned so well! How people change with time! A great take on the FF prompt.

  9. Sarah Ann

    So full of emotions – loving memory and a wretched present. Well told.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah Ann, your comment and others recieved have enabled me to consider a brighter outcome.

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