Alwin Arnegger

The painter told them to smile. Of course, Jonathan could because she had protected him for all of his 4 years. The mouth can not reflect something the heart does not feel, so, she simply moved its corners and glared at him.

The nights were the worse. As he beat her in his drunkenness, she had to stifle her screams to avoid waking her precious brother. Her love for him grew with every strike. Plotting and planning do not come naturally to older sisters. “Aren’t we supposed to be running and playing like the other children I hear every day outside?”, she asked in case anyone was listening in the empty room.

One Tuesday morning, she got out of her bed and stealthily proceeded to gather their clothes. Figuring that if she took them to the tracks they would find someone to help them. Even if it was one of those bums that mommy always talked about, it had to be better than this. Surprisingly easy to wake him, he arose and obediently followed his sister out into the dawn. Were they finally safe now?

© Carol Campbell

Picture prompt from Jane Dougherty’s new Friday Flash Fiction Challenge.

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Published by: writersdream9

I have been writing all my life but for the most part, it has been a secret. My parents did not believe writing was a good way to earn money so I hid my poems. Then one day, I wanted to comment on an essay that a friend had written and found myself with a blog. That quiet whisper inside said, "You can write your poetry and no one will ever know.". I knew nothing of followers and the like at that time. So, here I am trying to learn my craft and enjoying every moment of it. My personal details are, I'm 57, married for 39 years, have one grown son who is God's gift to us and last but not least at all, I'm a Baha'i which basically means that I love all humanity.

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