J Hardy Carroll

J Hardy Carroll

Tiny Florence trembled.  Damp, cold air wrapped around her like a shroud.  The light from the open grave grew brighter but held no warmth for the young orphan.  

“Oh miss?” her teeth chattered as she spoke.  “When will it happen? Will it be soon?”  

“No way to predict, my dear,” the entrancing figure spoke, “the spirits have no timetable to follow.  We must just wait. Come closer, sweet daughter, and take some of my warmth.”  

As the two figures embraced in the dark, Florence’s eyes became heavy with fatigue.  When she awoke, she was in her mother’s arms again.  


Thanks to Rochelle for hosting this week again, and thanks to J Hardy Carroll for the mysterious photo.   Read more 100 word fiction stories here.


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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23 Responses to Mother

  1. A sad story with a comforting ending. Victorian in feeling, the type written then, but always lovely. Well done, Ruth. I grew up reading the old chldren’s classics. and others from the 19th Century. Well done. — Suzanne


  2. gahlearner says:

    A beautiful, sad story. It has such a dream-like quality.


  3. hafong says:

    I’m guessing the child died. I’m a little slow on the uptake this morning. A beautiful story of going to heaven.



  4. So sad, horribly so, but well written!


  5. This was so beautifully written, very poignant piece.


  6. Dale says:

    Sweet. Why not truly awake in her mother’s arms?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Wow, beautifully written from a child’s point of view. It’s simple yet elegant. I can’t give enough praise for this piece.
    I loved it.


  8. Very touching well-rendered story. She’s home. Liked it very much.


  9. Sandra says:

    It reminded me of Jane Eyre. Good job.


  10. jellico84 says:

    Oh, what a sadly beautiful write. Brings tears to my eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. micklively says:

    Will that make it better or worse when she really wakes up?
    Good piece.


  12. Great. I feel a touch of Dickens and somebody else – maybe an American author?


  13. Dear Ruth

    This was sad but oddly uplifting. Nicely done.




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