Delphine always wanted to pilot her father’s plane and when he forgot his keys on her tenth birthday, she knew that taking off would be easy. But she didn’t take off. Her father had squeezed enough of his prudence into her whether she wanted it or not.
Delphine also wanted her father’s Jaguar. But she didn’t take it for a joy ride. Her father had imparted enough caution into her whether she wanted it or not.
She wanted her father’s ring, the antique family heirloom. But she knew it wouldn’t fit her little fingers. Her father had squeezed enough of his common-sense into her whether she wanted it or not.
Years later, as she sat silently in the lawyer’s office, listening to her siblings fight over her self-made father’s hard-earned estate, she thought through what she had really wanted.
“You can keep it all”, she announced to her siblings.
She knew that taking off , to a higher plane of consciousness, would be easy …because he father had left her the keys to his heart.
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The above story was in response to ‘Monday’s finish the story’ flash fiction challenge. This unique flash fiction challenge provides a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. The challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Details are available here: