Friday Fictioneers: Down the Shore

Friday Fictioneers strikes again! Curious about what that means? Just follow the link, read the guidelines, look at the picture, and contribute your own itty-bitty hundred word story. This time, the photo prompt makes me think of a boardwalk shop at the New Jersey Shore…after this past year’s troubles.

the_second_hand_shop-1Down the Shore

There’s not much left of the old place. Storm, winter, fire…not much left. He can still see it so plain, though. Goblets, paintings – frame and all! – pretty dresses for the next pretty girl.

The store was his life. He knows they’re all wondering if he can outlast it. True, he feels a little off balance. But one good thing about getting old, you find out you can’t live in the past. The past is dead, and if you try to stay there too long, you’ll be the same.

He turns away, heads for the car. “You all right, Grandpop?” Joey asks.

“Me? Sure thing.”

19 responses to “Friday Fictioneers: Down the Shore

  1. He’s right, Sharon. Nicely-played off current events.


    • Thanks! The story was partly inspired by a major fire last week at one of the boardwalks – they seem to think it was caused by wiring that was corroded by salt water during the Hurricane Sandy flooding. (Sandy. Of all the names for a storm that thoroughly chewed up the beaches…)

  2. Dear Sharon,

    You nailed it with this one. No time like the present to live in. The past is dead and tomorrow never comes. All we have is now.



  3. Dear Sharon,

    A wise gentleman. Good one.



  4. I agree you cannot live in the past and expect the present to stay with not go past. Great attitude fron grand pops.

  5. Very touching – the fear of change very clear.

  6. A lovely positive story!

  7. yes, the past is dead, we have only the present.

  8. “and if you try to stay there too long, you’ll be the same.” great words 🙂 i definitely agree

  9. Good theme to your story. Well done. And it’s true. There IS only today. But we can take lessons from the past to try and forge our tomorrows. That’s the only creative act we can make with what is done and gone. 🙂 Ann

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