The search

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Fuller

I look at the crumbling facade that used to be a home. Among the dusty remains and rat excrement are the reminders of my childhood. Could the key be here?

There’s nothing left in the attic  except a deflated balloon animal from the fair many moons ago. What was it ?  A cat? No, it was a dog, I remember now…the cute button nose ..what a joy … until it slowly shrank as the air escaped. I never understood why the air wanted to escape. Why would it go from being part of something  to nothing? Could the key really be here?

— end —

This is my rusty story after a long break from writing. This picture reminded me of a three-story house that my colleagues and I recently volunteered to clean up.  The house belonged to a church and it’s ex- pastor’s family lived there for decades. The house was crammed with stuff, some useful, mostly junk…even empty cat litter boxes were saved in the attic. In a crack in the floorboards in the attic as we passed the junk down from person to person all the way to the dumpster , I saw a small ornate key.  Before I could take it out someone accidently dumped some kitty litter into the crack and the key was hidden. I guess this is how things disappear.

This 100 word story  was written for the 100 word photo challenge. More details about this challenge can be found at:

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Fuller

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20 responses to “The search

  1. Why would it go from being part of something to nothing?
    A profound question. Nicely done.


  2. I enjoyed that question too. If you felt like making any changes, remains and reminders are too close to each other. I’d change reminders to souvenirs or something like that


  3. Welcome back… Great story!


  4. Dear Ansumani,

    It’s lovely to see you back. A lot of questions in your well written story.




    • It’s great to be back. I’m amazed at your commitment to host FF every week. It’s good to know that there’s this great community out here to welcome me back. Thanks for reading Rochelle.


  5. I really like the question you pose with the air and the balloon… could be a parable for the financial market… (and I guess no one’s found the key there either-


  6. michael1148humphris

    Why does the air escape, a interesting story


  7. I also liked the question ‘Why would it go from something to nothing’ giving animation to an inanimate object.


  8. A great story of searching and reflection. It’s good to see you back. 🙂


  9. Sooner or later the air will always escape – such is life (he said gloomily!).
    Nice story!


  10. I may have enjoyed your prologue more than your story. Profound questions in both.


  11. Why, indeed? I liked this!


  12. A nicely written account of the horror of decay, Ansumani.
    Yes, welcome back ….
    Isadora 😎


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