Memories on Display

Warm, musty air envelopes me, leaving the blustery wind behind. Frozen hands, face stinging, my eyes adjust to the darker space. Objects start making appearances, like actors on stage, their stories as yet untold. I lose myself, and any sense of time, as I move through their memories.

Ghosts of children whisper from above. Stories of heartache, love, labour. Children taken, transported. For their own good, some say. Missing home, they work, pray.

Soft breathes whirl, “Don’t forget us.” Taken by force. Torn from loving arms, to fill an empty land. Sent over seas. Home never forgot. Hearts never healed.


The Friday Fictioneers challenge is to write a story of no more than 100 words from a photo prompt, from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields of Addicted to Purple.

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

For other stories from this photo:  An InLinkz Link-up


16 thoughts on “Memories on Display

  1. Dear Jo,

    A heartfelt story. Nicely done.



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  2. Jo says:

    Thank you 🙂


  3. oldentimes says:

    Conjures up a multitude of feelings. Good work!

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  4. wmqcolby says:

    The wistfulness of imagination. Nice story, Jo. 🙂

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  5. Jo says:

    Thanks 🙂


  6. I get a sense of trafficking and sweatshops… the modern slavery…

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    • Jo says:

      The story was prompted by a visit to one of the children’s farms, near where I live, (Australia) where children (orphaned or otherwise) were sent from the UK to live. It does have a similarity to modern slavery!


  7. Mike says:

    Strange you took me to an abandoned trading centre in the land of the northern sun and the children of the Inuit nation. Wonderful

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  8. Jo says:

    How interesting. I love where stories can take us.


  9. IB Arora says:

    this writing is almost poetical, great

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  10. IfeomaO says:

    This actually read like the latest plot in Huntsman: The winter war. Good descriptions and like Bjorn said- modern slavery.

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  11. Your explanation fills in the gap! Abysmal facts of existence!

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