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When She Holds Me (Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge)

January 14, 2018

The Carrot Ranch Literary Community, hosted by Charli Mills, is HERE.

January 11, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about wet ink. It can be artistic, writerly or something completely off-the-wall. Go where the prompt leads.

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When She Holds Me

I love when she holds me.

So many years – her hand, now heavily veined and knuckled with arthritis is, even after all this time, still strong and comforting.

The magic lives in that hand.

Me, I’m the same. A little nicked here and there, also showing my age, but she warms me, and keeps me happy. She keeps me young.

I’m lucky. Others her age would have abandoned me. Would have left me for the new WordPerfect, but she never stopped writing words in longhand. She feeds me with ink and I dance across the parchment, singing her song.


21 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2018 4:49 pm

    Wow! Brilliant second-to-last line.
    Wet ink and Luna Sea, best madness, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 14, 2018 7:13 pm

    Ah Ha! Cool.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Abby permalink
    January 15, 2018 2:24 am

    Oh, that’s gorgeous!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. January 15, 2018 3:14 am

    So so wonderful. Great twist, and amazing perspective. Loved it to bits.

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  5. January 17, 2018 4:55 am

    Well done. Most would have abandoned her for wordperfect. Love it from the pen’s perspective. You’ve made me think of the old Parker Fountain pen I was given in 1967 as a farewell present. Wish I still had it.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 18, 2018 8:17 am

      Thanks, Irene! I got a fountain pen years ago for a high school graduation and after I wrote the little flash I started wondering whatever happened to it.


  6. January 18, 2018 12:53 am

    Clever, Michael. A lasting relationship between a writer and her paper. Love the music!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. January 18, 2018 5:21 am

    Ha! Had me wondering until the end.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 18, 2018 8:18 am

      Thanks for reading (and commenting!) Norah! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. January 18, 2018 9:33 am

    So cool. Like a riddle. Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. January 18, 2018 10:44 am

    You have great descriptions here as well. 🙂 Loved it.

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  10. January 18, 2018 1:01 pm

    Excellent@ Had to read it twice to realize it was the pen talking.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. January 20, 2018 8:53 pm

    We both saw veiny hands.
    I’m impressed you conveyed so much in 99 words. 🙂 Good twist.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. January 6, 2020 11:46 am

    Everyday she’s shufflin’: Slow on her feet, but quick with those hands! Well done, Michael!

    Liked by 1 person


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