Seance

There are twelve of us sat around table which dominates the small wood-panelled room. It is covered in a thick red velvet cloth. Heavy curtains block the watery twilight. At the centre, a huge crystal bowl holds our belongings – a watch, a wedding band, a pendant …

Why is it always jewellery?

‘Hold hands.’

I clasp the strangers hands next to me. One a huge, sweating palm, the other a thin, liver-spotted claw, like dried out paper.

I concentrate hard on the military medal I have offered, wishing with all my bones that he will speak to me.

FF - 25.05.18 - Crystal bowl
PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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I have really missed taking part in the Friday Fictioneers the past few weeks but life got in the way. It’s good to be back.

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This piece was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

Each week a photo prompt is given and the challenge is write a flash fiction piece of no more than one hundred words.

Find other Friday Fictioneer stories here.

Author: Jennifer Kennedy

Mother, teacher and writer. I love all my jobs but writing holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my short stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

38 thoughts on “Seance”

  1. Dear Jen,

    Brilliant descriptions of the hands she held. I could feel them. You captured her desperation as well. Well done in 100 words. Welcome back.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  2. Love the way you took this, Jennifer. That seance around the table, the mystery of the medals and who they belonged to. I wonder what happens next? Great read

  3. You’ve written this very cleverly. You evoke a sense of claustrophobia by describing the little room with its twelve occupants, the heavy curtains, the thick cloth on the table, and the giant bowl. You suggest to us that the woman is young, or no more than middle-aged, by her proffering a military medal, presumably from her dead soldier-husband. So much implied so skilfully! Well written, Jennifer!

  4. So few words yet so big on emotion and feeling! Well done Jen, another little but strong gem from you. xx

  5. Absolutely floored!! That was wonderful. I love the idea of 100 word stories, and yours was done so beautifully I sat at the end and went, um more please???

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