House of Sticks


“Still at it, are you, you and your inner child, crafting your little fairy houses?”

She smiled indulgently at her neighbor, the poor thing, how many times did she need to explain to her that the fairy houses and other constructions were for when her granddaughters came to visit, that they delighted in the small world play?

“Still, I must say, it’s very clever, what you have accomplished with scrap wood, sticks, and a hot-glue gun, very clever.”

Must you say it, she wondered, you say it every time you come by, poor daffy thing, and it isn’t meant to be clever or crafty, it’s just something to encourage magical play for the darling granddaughters, while they are still of an age for that kind of thing. Though she truly does take pleasure in the making of the miniatures, anticipating while she works the child-wisdom that would inform her granddaughters’ play, looking forward to listening in to their innocent invocations when they discovered the addition of the little wooden cross on the top of the main house.

Her neighbor let herself out, shaking her head, remembering that horrible night so many years ago when the accident claimed the only daughter along with the two little girls.


Written for Sunday Photo Fiction and also for Six Sentence Stories at  Unchartered Life under the Radar cue word “stick”. unnamed-11-e1462409384457

17 thoughts on “House of Sticks

  1. nice close… emotionally effective, (if we were talking sales, I would use the term ‘sharp angle close’).

    (observation masquerading as comment: so, I read in the book* that an effective murder mystery will allow the reader to believe they can solve the mystery before the ending. I was thinking, after reading your Six, that I sensed a surprise ending by the end of the 2nd sentence and a part of my mind tried to anticipate it. I was wrong, yet still enjoyed the story. The lesson I take from your Six is how critical it is to engage the Reader from the very start.
    *being new at the writing thing, I occasionally try to learn by reading books on style and technique and such… An unanticipated consequence is total writer’s block for, like, weeks afterwards. Learning from these sixes does not do that.

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    • A rare smile crossed my face at your complimentary comment. For I am delighted if I engaged the Reader and even had one part of your tri-lobal mind trying to solve the mystery while the other parts should have been ducking. I wonder where you thought it was headed.
      Always a pleasure. Thank you.


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