FFfAW– The Car with Painted Eyes

Posted: February 3, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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The car sat by the old green shed, bright a blue as ever: the blue of eggshells and spring skies. Those white eyes stared at me from the headlamps as I approached.

“You don’t know, do you?” I asked, laying a hand upon the bonnet. “Nobody told you.”

It was a silly thing to say. I was talking to a car: a heap of old metal. But he’d loved the car, so somehow it just seemed right.

“He died last night,” I said. The metal seemed to grow cold under my fingers. “I suppose you knew it was coming. He came out to you less and less.”

I stood there, spilling my soul to an old car with painted-on eyes, and even though it was absurd, it made me feel a lot better.

When I walked away, it seemed as if those painted eyes were full of grief as mine.


Word Count: 150

This is my entry for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The photo prompt is provided by pixabay.com. Thanks as always to Priceless Joy for running the challenge.

 

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Comments
  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Touching and sad. How meaningful inanimate objects can become through the people who loved them.

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  2. Jon Stephens says:

    Sad and very real. Beautifully written.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. nonnaci says:

    A mechanic’s best friend knew all along. So tragic ;(

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  4. milliethom says:

    I like the way you show the emotions of both the narrator and the car in your story. News of the car’s owner/driver’s death definitely hits the car hard, and the grief in the eyes/headlamps was a really nice touch. Pouring out his sorrows, even if only to the car, is therapeutic in this this man’s case. A lovely, sad little story.

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  5. Uday says:

    Ah, I love this piece! I can see how it would have been comforting to pour out to the car, which would have been equally attached to the dead person. Nice detail with the painted eyes.

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