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Short Story 08.14.19

Updated: Sep 19, 2023


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The Bear Creek Banquet had begun. The maimed by love toys limped around the dance floor. The doll with the missing arm was twirled around by the teddy bear with no eyes. The earless puppy dog did a jig with the top that could not spin.


Sadness and relief intermingled in the air. It’s a handmade’s tale of a life of service. Each stitch and every seam held the love and tears of a child. Every scruffy scrap of fur and tangled head of hair spoke of late night sharing and too tight hugs. A yankee doll missing its hat led the last dance with a flourish.


Then they all lined up, leaning on each other for support. The candle bridge glittered in the distance. They laughed and cried their way across, hopping and skipping from flame to flame. On the other side they were renewed. Fur softened, hair detangled, hats found. Now they would live forever in the land of memory.



Story Prompt Word Tickets

The prompts for this short story:

  1. yankee

  2. a handmade’s tale

  3. bear creek banquet

  4. last dance

  5. glitter

  6. candle bridge

Copyright 2019 Klaudia Grady

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