FFfAW : Rust haired Rosie

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Footy and Foodie. Thank you Footy and Foodie!


The flourescent tube hummed and flickered, the noise settling in his ear like a trapped wasp. He thought of mentioning it to the waitress, but her shoes were collapsed at the heel, greasy hair lank about her forehead and shoulders – he doubted she’d care about a faulty light bulb.

Last time he stopped here – eight, ten years ago? – Rosie had run the place. Rust haired Rosie with the easy smile. Once visit she’d poured him coffee, her hand brushing his, skin soft as breath. ‘Sorry, hon,’ she’d whispered, clasping his shoulder in apology. Some nights sleeping in the cab, hail pelting the roof, windows lacy with ice, that memory still warmed him.

It was dawn over the docks, sun breaking the cloud, flashing on freighters, shipping containers, each transformed to solid gold for a fraction of a second.

Beauty. In this place. Another memory to keep him warm.

He left a five pound tip and headed for the lorry park.



Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. See the inspiring pic and write a tale in no more than 175 words. See here to join in and to read the other stories.

24 thoughts on “FFfAW : Rust haired Rosie

    1. Thank you Joy. You’re very kind. Since I’ve written a couple of lesser flashes recently, I was pleased to be happier with this one. Thanks for the feedback – always greatly appreciated 🙂

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    1. Thank you Chris. I’m glad you felt it was touching too. Just a little insights into someone’s head before they move on again. Thank you for reading and for your comment 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Michael – what a truly lovely comment. I enjoyed this one too, the sparks of human contact in the loneliness. Thank you 🙂


  1. I’m going to resist the temptation to comment on every post I backtrack, but I have to comment on this one. You’ve become so poetic recently. It’s a joy to read the flow of words; and this phrase is stunning:

    Rust haired Rosie with the easy smile.

    It’s good to be wandering through your world of words again.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane – what a lovely comment. And from someone who knows a thing or two about poetic phrasing! After a few unsatisfactory flashes, I felt happier with this one, so thank you – glad you liked it too

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      1. What a great phrase: “After a few unsatisfactory flashes,”. I have an image of a man throwing open a dirty raincoat to display his nakedness to elderly ladies, and being pointed and laughed at. THAT would be an unsatisfactory flash 🙂

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      2. Thank you Lynn – you just gave me my first belly-laugh since Friday evening. I’ve been starving for want of laughter, and now you’ve brought out the sun 🙂 🙂 🙂

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