Friday 3 May 2024



The Chair

“I think the chair is too big for him. What do you say?””

“Should we get a new chair? Brand new?”

“I don’t want him to be a soldier? No, never!”

The mother felt a twinge in her heart.  More than a year had passed and still she had not received any confirmation. The suspense was killing her, slowly but surely. Girl’s eyes were brimming with loneliness.

“Don’t be sad, mama. If you want, I will send him to army. Maybe he will find out something for us. Yes, he will.”

A tear was shining on her sunken cheek.


Word count 99

A post for Friday Fictioneers on a picture post.


  1. I'm a little confused about the old chair and wanting a new one in the beginning of the story. The last half is devastating for the whole family. Girl asking if mom wants her to send her beloved toy to look for her brother/father is heart rending :(

  2. Dear Arora,
    Sad story.

  3. I was also confused about the first three lines, but the second half of this story was really touching! -Angela

  4. The heartbreak of war. I feel their grief through the eyes of the little girl. So tragic.