Inheritance [flash 147]

Lantern in woods by turquoise stream

The quilt of night hung heavily upon her as she trudged toward the designated spot. Cold, damp air crept around the edges of her clothing and slithered against her skin. But nothing was worse than the crawling shame she felt day in and out. She said a whispered thank you when the lantern’s glow appeared ahead. A small disruption rustled nearby bushes, but she barely registered the sound. She had found the right place. Quickly, she put the bag next to the spindly tree where the lantern hung and walked away. What a relief to be free of that tainted inheritance! The relentless guilt dissolved and her steps grew light as she navigated back to the main road. She did feel a twinge of sadness for the poor soul who would now have to deal with the cursed relics, but really that wasn’t her problem any longer.


Image from Pexels/Pixabay.

Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge 71.

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12 responses to “Inheritance [flash 147]

  1. Great story telling Paula. I think there should be more of this story.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oooohh… then what happened?


  3. What made the rustling in the bushes? Was it someone or something there waiting for her to arrive, waiting to collect the relics?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The gift that keeps on cursing.

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