the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

#FridayFlash: Stone

on January 27, 2012

The dining room is laid with paper cloths and napkins. In my pocket, the stone slips between my fingers, the surface smooth and cold. I found it in the garden as I shuffled along the path. I think of Laura and her mellow gaze, her eyes watching my mouth as she tries to understand the words that I dribble. I place the distorted heart on the table where she sits, a stone love letter.

This 75-word short story (including title) was first published by Paragraph Planet, 23 January 2012. Website:

8 responses to “#FridayFlash: Stone

  1. lovely writing as ever. Coluld begin a longer story eg a novella!

  2. peggyaylett says:

    That’s a great idea, Gail. Thanks for sharing

  3. Penny Dale says:

    I’ve got several stones that various people have given me over the years. I read this and looked at them all again; held them and felt them. Thank you.

  4. ~Tim says:

    Lovely and evocative.

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