Blind Faith – Flash Fiction

Blind Faith

The church clock struck again. We’d waited more than an hour.

“Why’s this taking so long?”, said Ma wearily .

“It’s ok”, I replied, knowing the question was rhetorical.

Ma was still guilty about the explosion that left me blind since I was five.  It was May Day and the village was celebrating.  Da left his cigarette burning while he stepped outside to watch.  Pretending I was a grown up, puffing on it, I choked so hard I dropped it near the gas stove.  I don’t remember much else until I woke in the hospital.

Since then Ma has taken me to every faith healer that she could find.  

Each time I say “For how can I be sure I shall see again?”

“The world on the first of May will be brighter that day because you’ll be able to see it.” she replies.

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Merril is hosting Prosery Monday at D’Verse And has prompted us with this line:  
“For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May” --From “May Day” by Sara Teasdale
Prosery Flash Fiction of exactly 144 words and must include the complete line from the poem.  It may be punctuated but no words can be inserted within the given line.

  26 comments for “Blind Faith – Flash Fiction

  1. May 10, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Well done! Your creative use of the prompt was inspired.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 10, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Susan. It was a tricky one so I’m happy it worked ☺️

  2. May 10, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    What a strong testament to the power of faith. This was a poignant read. <3

    • Christine Bolton
      May 11, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks so much Colleen ☺️💕

  3. May 10, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    This tale is indeed tragic, but the hope the mother and daughter have for better times is beautifully inspiring.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 10, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you so much 😊

      • May 11, 2022 at 12:15 pm

        You’re very welcome!

  4. May 10, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Oh, such a sad story! I hope something works. I imagine it’s hard for that mother to give up. You worked the line in nicely. Thank you!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 10, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you Merril. It was a tricky prompt so I’m happy I managed to do it justice ☺️💕

      • May 10, 2022 at 1:06 pm

        You’re very welcome! Sorry–it was a little trickier than I thought it would be! 😅

      • Christine Bolton
        May 10, 2022 at 3:11 pm

        Tricky is always welcome! It pushes us to try harder ☺️💕👍

      • May 10, 2022 at 3:16 pm

        Perfect answer!😊

    • May 11, 2022 at 1:04 pm

      You delayed the fact you were blind till the right place…sorry, my first two attempts were much longer and more complex but WordPress keeps making your comment box disappear…infuriating…will be back..

      • Christine Bolton
        May 11, 2022 at 1:30 pm

        Thank you Ain. I too have that problem frequently when I’m using an iPad and on the WP app. I have to log on to the website itself to get my comments to work. Either that or I am anonymous 🙃 or frankly, nothing at all. LOL

  5. May 10, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Wonderful❤

    • Christine Bolton
      May 10, 2022 at 9:07 am

      Thank you ☺️

      • May 11, 2022 at 9:07 pm

        Welcome Christine❤

  6. May 9, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Such a poignant story Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      May 11, 2022 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Sadje ☺️💕

      • May 11, 2022 at 11:40 pm

        You’re welcome

  7. May 9, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, powerful prosery, Christine. I love where you took the prompt. My favorite of the evening.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 9, 2022 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much! You made my evening 💕☺️

      • May 9, 2022 at 11:33 pm

        💜 You’re very welcome.

  8. May 9, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    You told a lot of story here, Christine. I’m glad her mother is not giving up. She’s showing her daughter what it means to have faith.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you Lisa ☺️

      • May 9, 2022 at 10:16 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂

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