Observations from a Park Bench – Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: Observations from a Park Bench
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story about a park bench.
Word count:  99 words

shallow focus photo of toddler walking near river

Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

The clock in Trellech announced his daily passage. At seven-thirty he traveled into town, his feet dragging him forward, his pack dwarfing his tiny frame. Every afternoon at precisely two-thirty, lighter steps whisked him home.

Time slipped into years. As he grew into his backpack, it was replaced by a one larger and heavier than the last. His shoulders bent beneath the staggering weight, but he endured his regimen and never faltered.

His stamina increased, his burden kept pace, and I marveled at his quiet suffering.

One fateful day he stopped, dropped his albatross, and dared to fly free.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

8 thoughts on “Observations from a Park Bench – Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Weight of life at difffe3stages, some heavier and then a method to be free. A story that has more beneath the surface, a little like something from Hemmingway to me. Lovely Jo. I treasure these type of stories.

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  2. Pingback: Life Stories of a Bench « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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