Bright Light


Impossible.  Wasn’t it?  Jenna’s heart beat so fast she could feel it in her head.

“Mommy!  Can people shrink?  Like until they are teeny tiny and too small to see?”

“No, Honey.  Only in the movies.”

Jenna went back into the playroom.  She stared at the toy, picking it up with both hands and  keeping it level.

She carefully set it down on the carpet.

“Trevor! This isn’t funny anymore.  No way you are inside of that toy.  Mom says it’s not possible.”

Trevor didn’t answer but suddenly a peg from the Light Brite popped out.

copywright Marie Gail Stratford

copyright Marie Gail Stratford


 Thanks Rochelle Wiss-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers again this week.  Click on the link to read more short short stories about this photo prompt.


About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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31 Responses to Bright Light

  1. storydivamg says:

    I love this, Ruth! So glad I finally managed to come back from all the craziness of life to read some of the stories that my photo inspired. I expected stories from bars but hadn’t thought about a LiteBrite (that was one of my favorite toys growing up). I love the way you leave a sense of mystery here at the end of your story.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  2. wmqcolby says:

    Told that kid to stay out of the Preparation H, but did he listen to his mom? Noooo!

    Great story, L-50’s! Just awesome!


  3. Very funny – I think. As long as Trevor gets out.


  4. margirene says:

    Cute story. I like the child’s point of view. You’ve captured her bewilderment in the dialogue. I wonder how Trevor got in there in the first place??


  5. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Ruth, beautiful story, with pure eyes we can see anything!


  6. LB says:

    Ruth, I’ll say it again … your stories grab me from word one and keep my reading (thank goodness they are short or I’d be late for work) 🙂


  7. That’s fun. But it sounds like Mom’s wrong this time.


  8. Dear Ruth,

    If Mom says so it must be true. Cute story.




  9. Archon's Den says:

    Mom says it’s impossible not to like this tale. 😕 🙂


  10. What a good story, Ruth! You hit this just right.



  11. Ah.. this toy I never knew– but I like the thought of magic here.. but as Claire says your take is quite different.


  12. you are an excellent writer–I love all your fictioneer stories–so short, yet finished


  13. Oh goodness, I had totally forgotten about Lite-Brite, one of my daughter’s favorite games as a child. I really enjoyed this fresh take on the theme.


  14. A different take on the Brite-Lite theme that’s going on this week. Lovely.


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