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helenlaycockWriter: short stories, flash, poetry
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Is what Laura seeks hidden in the weeping willow?

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by helenlaycock

The full moon made a bright hole in the black sky as Laura stepped out, bare-footed.

‘Jasper,’ she called softly, her feet flattening the cool grass as she trod. Where was that cat?

Laura stopped. The muted miaow had come from inside the weeping willow which, in the darkness, stood hunched and caped in the centre of the lawn.

She fed her hand through the rattling curtain and parted it, clutching her belly, still aching with six years’ loss.

An eerie child, luminous, translucent, hollow-eyed, with flint-sharp cheekbones, sat cross-legged, cradling the black cat—Richard’s idea of compensation.

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helenlaycockWriter: short stories, flash, poetry
5 months agoReply
@bernardtwindwil Thank you so much for your comment, Bernard - the first one since I joined today! It's actually a 100-word piece of flash fiction, but the way that the site is set up restricts how much text can be posted on a page. I do try to inject my fiction with the poetic, however, so I am glad you picked up on that. Helen

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
5 months agoReply
The weeping willow plays a prominent part and almost all of my writing. You can't go wrong with that wistfully peaceful tree that always hides something beneath its draping branches. This was a well-written piece. I loved the surreal mystery hidden at the heart of the willow. Great poem!!!