Latest and Greatest

We planned a surprise party for our parents’ thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. The ballroom was decorated to perfection, filled with family and friends.  As the arrival time approached, my siblings and I had only one concern: would Mom and Dad be late?  Growing up, our family was always behind schedule.  Mom blamed Dad, and Dad blamed Mom.

Vibrating cell phones alerted us to our parent’s pending arrival. Silence descended as everyone got in place and waited.  Minutes ticked by as we continued to wait.  Finally, we cracked open the door and peeked out.  Near the elevator, stood our parents, tardy for their own party.  We smiled as Dad bent down to help Mom with a stubborn buckle on her shoe.

After thirty-five years, they were late once again. Late but together.

Word count: 130

This is my offering for the 61st Challenge of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by the Priceless Joy.  The challenge is to compose a story of 100 – 150 words using the photo prompt.

This week’s photo is courtesy of Barb CT/Knotholes and Textures.  Many thanks to Joy for such an amazing platform 😀

Won’t you join us?



32 comments on “Latest and Greatest

  1. Peaceful Journey says:

    Ah this is sweet and real tells the tale in this picture. Very well executed.

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  2. rosemawrites says:

    awwwwwww. you’ve written in suspense beautifully and when I reached the last two lines I am like: ‘aawwwwww’. This is sooooo touching, Kay! Love it a lot! ❤

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  3. kdub28 says:

    I know this couple. Very sweet. You captured the moment perfectly. Love it!

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  4. You had me hooked and this is so realistically beautiful. I can see them squabbling along but happily too 🙂


  5. Love this Kay! Sounds like a “typical” happily married couple! Great story!

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  6. swritings says:

    This was really sweet! 😊

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  7. Very nice. Love the last line, “late but together.” Says so much in three words.

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  8. Loved it, late but at least together.

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  9. jademwong says:

    Aww, love that last line. Late but together is a perfect way to be ❤

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  10. bikurgurl says:

    Sounds like my life – always running a bit late, be it a buckle or a strap 😉

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  11. The Voice says:

    Very sweet story. I really liked it. 🙂

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  12. Alka Girdhar says:

    Beautiful story! “Late but together.” – that’s so sweet. Reminds me of how when I was just married (long ago) I used to feel embarrassed at how my husband and I would be always the first ones to reach any party venue. He would tell me to hurry up hurry up hurry up…was always very punctual. Still is and makes me shed off my laziness..

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  13. samratkel says:

    It is a lovely story of a family mile stone!!

    @Samantha/samratkel from
    Shadow Realities

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