Tucked away

library books

I wrote your vengeful words on a torn scrap of paper, folding it into four corners to hold in the strictures, then tucked it into an old, musty book. The one that sits on a high shelf, never read, just gathering dust and losing its memories.

Plaguing my weary mind, I muted their chittering demands for release. Hidden away, ignored but not forgotten, so the black germs of your contagion wouldn’t continue to infect my spirit.

I should have burnt your words, destroying each one forever. Still I hoard them, keeping them within reach, to someday return them back to you.

The Trifecta challenge this week is: Infect [transitive verb \in-ˈfekt\] 3a: contaminate, corrupt
The 100 Word Challenge is to tell a story in only 100 words. This week’s theme is ‘Tuck’

*Photo venue: The stacks at Niceville Library, Niceville, FL


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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

33 thoughts on “Tucked away

  1. ignored but not forgotten, that’s a fantastic line. If only there was a tonic or a pill or maybe even the obliterate spell from Harry Potter that could take away those memories…alas, ignoring is what we’re left with and hoping that you can find the good in the experience.

    I loved the idea of having them in a library away from you too..somewhere to always find them, but far enough away that they don’t “infect” your day continually.


  2. We can never cast our memories aside, words written or said forever imbedded in our heads, they are a constant. Even if they were to be burnt…we would still remember them…even more so the hurtful ones.


  3. This rings so true! We cannot erase those hurtful words-written or verbal-where they are “tucked”, they haunt us & catch us by surprise, tripping us up at vulnerable moments! Loved this very emotionally resonant piece Tara-you sure have a way with words & I will be surprised if this piece does not win, you sure have my vote:-)


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