The Figurine #FlashFiction


Janice sat on the cream coloured couch staring dolefully at the mantelpiece. The figurine seemed to be staring at her and peering right through her soul.

Her husband Josh looked at her transfixed.

“If it makes you sad why not get rid of it?” he exclaimed.

“If you love me you will do no such thing”.


Mornings were the most difficult for her. Every morning it dawned on her that things had changed.

Today, as she sat on the couch her eyes searched for the familiar object.

But, it was gone.

It had been a year since Janice lost her thirteen year old daughter in a car crash. On each birthday, she would give her daughter a figurine. This was the last of the lot and her favourite. Her therapist said that she had to let go of it to move on. But, it wasn’t easy.

May be it was time, she felt.

In a house next door, little Johnny seemed mighty pleased with his steal- a cute dog and donut figurine.


Written for FFFAW hosted by Priceless Joy. This week’s prompt is from Yinglan Zheng. 

About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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15 Responses to The Figurine #FlashFiction

  1. I sure hope the husband doesn’t get blamed for it! Hopefully, little Johnny did her a favor. Great story!

  2. Such a beautifully crafted story in so few words! Loved reading it.

  3. Good that husband decided to give the figurine away! Sometimes we need to let physical things go, unclutter physically to unclutter mentally. Good story, Meha!

  4. Parul Thakur says:

    That was beautiful and touching. Well done, Meha!

  5. Ravi S says:

    It is hard to let go. Someone has to push or pull us out from it.

  6. Finally, she can let go of her sadness and learn to cherish the memories. As PJ says, I hope the husband doesn’t the blame for the missing figurine!

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