Normally, I’m happy to get one story done for the Friday Fictioneers. This week, I liked the picture–and the stories of my fellow fictioneers–so much, that two stories wanted out. So, here is my première: a second short piece for the picture prompt. Here is the link up to all the other stories:
Frame of Reference
Shelly had asked me, voice thick with tears, to keep her company while an old building in the neighbourhood was about to be torn down. The building had a beautiful mural: killer whales frolicking in the sea–but none of it would be preserved. Shelly had grown up in that neighbourhood, she needed her best friend to help her through the demolition of childhood.
As we sat and watched the wrecking, I told Shelly about my grandmother’s house. It had been in the family for two hundred years. One bomb, and everything was gone.
Shelly blew her nose and smiled.
Featured Image: „Kapellplatz Darmstadt 1944“ von US-Soldat im Dienst – Echo Online / Sammlung Hauck. Lizenziert unter Gemeinfrei über Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kapellplatz_Darmstadt_1944.jpg#/media/File:Kapellplatz_Darmstadt_1944.jpg — representing destuction everywhere, justified, or not.