Every two weeks writers have the chance to take part in Soliloquies Anthology’s Flash Fiction contest. We publish a new single-word writing prompt as a starting point, and you write a story in 300 words or less. This winning story uses the prompt yellow.
She plucked a lemon, bright as the sun, from the tree and placed it gingerly in the basket beside her. She looked up at her grandmother. “Is that enough?”
Her grandmother smiled. “I'd say so.”
The two of them—one five-years-old and pig-tailed, the other nearing seventy, but still lively—headed inside the grandmother’s faded, chipped, hundred-year-old home.
They made lemonade and chocolate chip cookies—soft and chewy with a bit of a crunch. Her grandmother had a knack for making up magical tales on the spot, stories of enchanted forests, fairytale creatures, and kingdoms far away. They'd finish the evening on the porch swing with a plate of cookies in one hand and a tall, frosted glass of lemonade in the other, watching the mango and raspberry hues that painted the world as the day dwindled down.
When she stood at the base of the steps twenty years later and looked up at the house listed “For Sale,” it looked the same—still as faded and chipped as before. The porch swing still rocked slowly with the wind. She thought she heard an old woman’s whisper, followed by a child’s giggle, but it was nothing more than a memory.
She walked over to the small orchard that grew in front of the house. The trees were all dead. With no one tending to them all these years, it was hard for them to thrive. But a flash of colour on the ground under a pile of soggy leaves caught her eye. She bent down to pluck out a tiny, old lemon, mouldy and grey, but still yellow in some parts.
Chantal Brajkovic is a student of Psychology at Camosun College. She loves fantasy books, superhero movies, and all things travel, with big dreams of seeing the world. She has been writing since she was a child, and keeps her fingers crossed in hopes to one day get her novel published. She just has to finish writing it first.