Flash Fiction – Boxing Up the Past

I have had my hands full with my four kids for the summer. Being in South Dakota, their school doesn’t start until after Labor Day. I haven’t written in a while and wanted to make sure that I take the time to write. So here is my entry for the Carrot Ranch weekly flash fiction challenge.


August 2, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a yellow tent. Where is it and who does it belong to? Think of how the color adds to the story. Go where the prompt leads.


Boxing Up the Past

They say you can’t go home again. Lucy and Rick had to deal with what to do with their childhood home now that their parents were gone. Covered in cobwebs and memories, it was like stepping back in time to the 80s. Boxing up the past, Lucy came across a box of photographs.


“Hey, Rick! Come look at these!” Lucy held up a photo of them in their homemade fort as children.


Using a bright yellow sheet, they recreated their childhood. Under that tent, they felt young again, letting the loss of time melt away into the linoleum floor.



9 responses to “Flash Fiction – Boxing Up the Past”

  1. I love that they were wiling to just do that, be kids again.
    Fort building is a part of childhood development marking the stage of exploring the world more autonomously while still within the safety net of adults, generally around the age of ten.
    For everyone’s sanity, get your kids outside.


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