Friday Fictioneers – Change of Fortune

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields sets a microfiction challenge every week. You can find this week’s photoprompt on her page here

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon

Trevor dangled another paperclip from the magnet and cuddled his lucky toy penguin. He always lost those he loved. He felt sad about his mum, who’d died in childbirth; angry towards his dad, who’d raped his mum and disappeared; but he felt loss more keenly than either.

He’d passed through the hands of a succession of foster parents; he’d never been adopted. Now his girlfriend, Liz, had told him he’d have to move to Australia if they were to stay together.

He threw the penguin into the bin, looked at the computer screen, and bought the one-way ticket to Sydney.


51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Change of Fortune

  1. sad story, well written! He changed fortune. Decided to quit his memories of childhood with the pinguin and follow his girlfriend? I hope it was his own decision and not forced by her, when she said, “he had to go”…I hope he will finds a lucky future!

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    • Thank you very much for the comment, Dahlia. I’m intrigued that you should see it as a bad omen. When I wrote it, I saw throwing away his lucky penguin as strongly positive; Trevor is taking ownership of his own future, and psychologically that’s usually considered a good thing. You triggered a good discussion over the breakfast table this morning with your comment!

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