The following 100 word piece of flash fiction was written for the July 6, 2012 ‘Photo Prompt’ for #FridayFictioneers’ posted by Madison Woods.  The entries are posted here.  Your feedback is welcome.


When he was in grade school, the old rickety bus would take the dirt track past the long abandoned dwelling.  It was on the return trip, when the sun was setting, that he would marvel at the golden hue of the large bricks; a wondrous glow in contrast to the scrubland.  Later, as a teenager he would dirt bike out to the building to watch the bricks morph into natural beauty as the sun descended.  His friends never understood what captured his mind so.  For him, it was reassurance the world held breathtaking beauty; comfort in knowing he was alive.

(Copyright, June 29, 2012, Steven S. Walsky, all rights reserved.)

The photo prompt:

Picture “Outside Pecos” Photo by Amanda Gray is copyrighted, Contact Madison Woods.


26 thoughts on “Comfort

    • Thank you; he will…sometimes we ‘find’ beauty in the most improbable places, just have to want to see it.

  1. There is a town near where I live and if I were travelling through it to reach the motorway that would take me to my mothers I would pass a lonely old building that had trees growing up through it. I often wondered how it had come to be as it was and your tale reminded me of those thoughts immediately. Unfortunately it’s now been developed and the grounds have houses built on them.

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