Treasures of the Heart


Charlotte brushed the leaves and limbs back from the roots and reached inside the concealed space under the tree.

Her fingers closed around the rusted box and she pulled it out of its secret place. 

The hinges of the metal lunchbox squeaked and screeched against her effort as she coaxed it open.

Inside were her treasures… a Plymouth key ring belonging to her father and a broach her mother had worn every day.

A baseball card sat under a matchbox corvette that had belonged to her little brother.  

This is all that remained from the fire 25 years ago today.

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100 word count

This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers May 2, 2018 hosted by our lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It is a wonderful challenge. Please follow the link to give it a try!! 🙂

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The Secret in the Trunk


A door that squeaks
At the top of stairs
Moaning when opened
Defending its lair

Wardrobes of old
Rafters with bats
Dust and glass
And old fashioned hats

Boxes from youth
Games and toys
Decades of tales
Memories of joy

Scores of frames
Letters with wax
Ribbons of silk
Fabric on racks

A loan trunk sits
By a quaint window sill
Protecting a secret
And may always will

A fable of War
With no one to hear
A time long forgot
Guarded by fear

The conflict of old
Between South and North
When boys became men
And went marching forth

Twin brothers of love
Were lost to each side
One died in pain
The other with pride

One wore blue
The other wore gray
No one knows why
Not to this day

This is my response to this week’s Trifecta Challenge weekly writing prompt, which is to write a piece between 33 and 333 words using the following word/definition:

QUAINT (adjective):
3a : unusual or different in character or appearance : ODD;
b : pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar

The challenge is open to anyone, so if you’re inspired, click on the tricycle image to view complete guidelines and submit a link to your own response