Thursday, April 5, 2012

An Elephant Never Forgets #AtoZChallenge

This year, for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I'm writing Micro Fiction (or Flash Fiction) that is 100 words or less around a set list of words provided by my BFF (Kemari Howell). Today's letter is "E", so today E is for Elephant.

An Elephant Never Forgets

Eric lingered in the dark doorway of their nursery. His eyes roamed over the empty crib, the silent rocking chair, the packages of stacked diapers, and his feet. His laces were frayed and knotted—his shoes no longer lucky.

The room still smelled of paint and fresh linen, but not the powders or lotions dreams are made of.

Eric plucked a tiny elephant from the shelf, turning it over in his hand. Intricately carved by his great grandfather, it was smaller than he remembered. He wouldn’t be passing it on today, but he hoped he would see it again, soon.


Feel free to leave your short pieces of fiction (<100 words) in the comments below. The word for today is Elephant.


  1. That is the saddest thing I've read in a long time. Beautifully rendered and perfect showing. *sniff*

  2. So small and heartfelt, just as your story.

    ps~If you visit my way, my stories are attached to letters 'A', 'B', and 'D'. The other two are images and a few words.

    Nice to meet you!

  3. This story reminds me of the other one "Baby shoes for sale, Never worn."


    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    1. You are the second person to tell me that. I wish I would have read it before... I feel a bit like a hack now :-/

  4. I wasn't prepared for this! Now I'm sobbing into my boxed wine! It was great btw....

  5. What a terrific idea to write flash fiction! I bet you get some great ideas for longer manuscripts doing this.

    Visiting and now your latest GFC follower through the A to Z Challenge. Lovely blog!

    Best regards,
    Award-winning Children’s Author
    Write What Inspires You Blog

  6. Your posts haven't been showing up on my reader for some reason - I swear I'm not ignoring you! I love this piece and your whole theme for the challenge!

    1. Oh Allison, you're so silly. Thanks for reading this one. I hope you're off having amazing adventures--I love to read about them :-)

  7. I am enjoying the "flash fiction" theme as well. Beautiful...sad, but beautiful!

    1. Thank you Elayne. I have to check out your flash.

  8. I used to have a board game called An Elephant Never Forgets when I was little! It was my favorite! Something about memory and fake money, can't remember the rest of it. I've looked for the game to get my kids, but they don't make it anymore :(
    Thanks for the follow at Falling for Fiction, nice to meet you!