Vestiges of Forgotten Purpose – Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: Vestiges of Forgotten Purpose
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation.
Word count:  99 words

white propane tank near concrete stairs

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Tristao shifted the heavy pack, gnarled fingers burrowed under the frayed strap as he eased the pressure on his stooped shoulder.

Once, he bounded through town, nimbly negotiating steep steps, winding ascents, and narrow passageways like the goats that climbed the mountain protecting his birth city. The residents greeted him, eager for the letters he carried. He was their noble messenger, their link to far-flung family and friends. They shared the latest gossip and a welcome snack.

Now he met only faceless receptacles. He fed blank gaping mouths, with empty messages no one wanted. Tomorrow, Gaspar collected the garbage.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

8 thoughts on “Vestiges of Forgotten Purpose – Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. The cruelty of talent forgotten. This work reminds me of a story by Tomie dePaola, The Clown of God. About triumph, loss, another kind of triumph. We’d have to find out here if the hero gets back something of his own.

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  2. Pingback: Mail Carriers « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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