Lace curtains fluttered on the breeze of a warm summer’s night.
News arrived and the window was quickly closed. A mausoleum stillness then descended, captured in the mirror’s surface.
Out of view, a lone figure knelt by a bed, fingers flying over a string of beads. Soft entreaties drifted skyward, searching for love and comfort as each bead touched fingertips.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us…
Nearby, a body lay in a morgue.
She’d told him easy money was a lie.
She continued fingering the beads, once shiny and new, now worn dull from a mother’s troubled prayers.
Word Count: 99
Author’s Note: This piece was written in response to two challenges.
The first challenge was to write a 100-word story based on the above photo prompt. The challenge was issued on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog, Addicted to Purple. This is part of Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers challenge – found here. Photo credit: Janet Webb.
The story was also written in response to ‘My Weekly Writing Challenge’ hosted on the Esther Newton Blog (found here). Her challenge was to write a story based on the words or the theme of money, new and operation. I couldn’t fit ‘operation’ into my 100 words, but I was able to craft a story around the words ‘money’ and ‘new.’