Our Fictioneers stories follow the image, but we’d also like to invite you to ‘share’ in a little celebration. 19th November 2013 marked three years writing as a duo, so we decided to honour this ‘anniversary’ with a blog post. Please do have a read if you’re interested!
And now, to the stories . . .
Joanna’s story ~One Wish on my Birthday
She’s standing before the mirror again, mouth pursed, eyes narrowed. Hands on waist, turning from side to side, reflection appraised and judged.
My eyes blur with tears. She was so beautiful as a child. Free, unlimited, spontaneous. Then she discovered magazines, the movies. The airbrushed pictures, the runway models. The need to measure up. To fit in. To be skinny.
Her ribs are visible. Her hip-bones protrude. She’s brittle, fragile, breakable.
Sometimes I wish we lived on a remote island. Without the media, without images of unattainable perfection, could my daughter be happy?
Closing my eyes, I make my wish.
Ron’s story ~ One Wish on Mum’s Birthday
Why does she worry?
Such a shame after all she could have been. I can still see her beauty, hear her words of learning. Was it all covering such fragility? Did I not see it? Did I not see the changes as I grew?
No, of course not. The change was slow – and we drifted.
Nearly there now; just a few more ounces to shed. Then I will be perfect. Then I will be happy.
And so will Mum.
The tales written by other writers who’ve taken part this week can be found by clicking the blue frog below.
~ Joanna & Ron