The Things We Lost In The Fire #FridayFictioneers

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The Things We Lost in the Fire

The firestorm swirled down the mountain of regrets, pausing to devour the last vestige of us. No amount of retardant could stop the advance. All that remained after the battle was ash.

You had used the children as kindling so even they were lost to me, lost to us.

Our sanctuary destroyed, we left the kids adrift in the wake of our transgressions; forever looking for the bits and strands of things that made us a family.

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34 thoughts on “The Things We Lost In The Fire #FridayFictioneers

  1. Dear Tracey,

    You’ve wielded your literary scalpel and sliced through my heart. Well done.



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  2. Now I’m depressed, thank you very much. Of course, there is no fire, only the impact of regrets across an entire family and I sure get it. Something happy next week please?

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  3. Nice imagery, sad topic, beautifully written!

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  4. Beautifully done. With feeling.

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  5. Lovely extended metaphor.

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  6. That was beautifully written, Tracey. I have to agree with Rochelle; you wielded your scalpel most deftly.

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  7. This is beautiful. I love the flow of words, the heartbreak in them. Kudos!!!

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  8. Very powerful and sadly so true for far too many people. Well done.

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  9. The metaphor of the firestorm and sacrifice of children is chilling… I imagine booze and bruising.

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    • I can see that. I was thinking as the children as fuel to fan the anger but of course children are often physically harmed as well. That adds another layer for sure. I know that if anyone had tried to harm my children then I would have “brought the fire” myself. Thanks Björn.


  10. beautiful words… still they evoked so much sadness.

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  11. Using children as kindling was a powerful metaphor …a sad story beautifully written.

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  12. What wonderfully effective writing, Tracey. It made me shiver!

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  13. What a sad story–well told!

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  14. Kids as kindling…very good/bad indeed!

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