Small Mercies


PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

I squint my eyes, but the image is no clearer.  Cursing, I struggle to read the label, but there is nobody to help.  I hurl the bottle, frustrated, then admonish myself for the mess I will have to try to clear up.

“Count yourself lucky,” they said and I suppose I am.  Nevertheless, the inability to see clearly, bothers me more than I can describe.

All because a selfish bastard drank alcohol and chose to drive home.

As well as my sight, the accident deprived me of my confidence and independence.

It dispossessed me of my husband too.

Every cloud…

Word Count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


37 thoughts on “Small Mercies

  1. Rowena says:

    Clare, I also had trouble picking out the picture prompt this week. I took a few photos yesterday while I was sailing with my Dad which I thought could be potential picture prompts and I have thought a bit about whether something mysterious makes a better prompt than something clear cut. I live in Australia and have never been to America, so I haven’t connected with some of the prompts either and yet have working with that disconnection to produce something left field of my usual topics and have really appreciated the jolt. No doubt, we each have our pet topics and doing these flashes, takes you out of that. Extends your vision…even if you do need new glasses.
    I loved the last two lines of your story. Losing her sight had her feeling sorry for herself which roused our sympathy but then there was that sting in the tail. Well done..and in quite dead pan manner!
    xx Rowena

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  2. Lynn Love says:

    Very good, Clare – shows how one moment in life can have an impact on everything that comes after. Good and bad! Hopefully she’ll learn to live with her restricted eyesight as she’s learned to live without the husband! Great

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