Written for FRIDAY FICTIONEERS hosted by the most charming Rochelle at

22 September 2017


PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter

By Neel Anil Panicker

I wish I could throw you out; make you disappear; simply watch you just fade away.

I wish I didn’t have to see you the very first thing in the morning.

Wish I could smash to pulp that insouciance that you wear all day long.

I wish you all bad things, bad tidings, bad this, bad that…

I wish you’re not such a pain in the…

But, I know I can never wish any such thing.

Can never let you of my sight.

Can never ever afford to lose you, again.

You’re not just his shoes.

For me, you’re him.

©neelanilpanciker2017 #FRIDAYFICTIONEERS #flashfiction #100words

26 thoughts on “neelwrites/hangingon/FF/flashfiction/100words/21/09/2017

  1. Hanging onto the vestiges of memory. Can never ever afford to lose you, again…….such poignant words reflecting the dilemma of the mind. As always, Neel , a crisp story from your pen.


    1. Memories are made of such stuff. Thanks Kalps.


  2. Oh my . This is so profound. Made me cry remembering my grandpa and gran mom who shared a bond of 58 years


    1. That’s what memories do, don’t they. THANKS

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  3. Very effective twist. I wasn’t expecting that, Neel.


  4. This was very good, Neel. The raw emotions felt by the narrator comes out perfectly.


  5. Lovely effective last line Neel, well done.


  6. Really emotional. I really liked this.


  7. You capture the narrator’s ambivalence very subtly. She can’t bear the sadness of her memories – and she can’t bear to be without them. Excellent writing, Neel.


  8. Dear Neel,

    When I children were small, my son accidentally broke a ceramic elephant that had been my mother’s. She had kept it because it belonged to her mother. When the piece broke my heart shattered. Even though I told myself it was just a ‘thing,’ it was more than that to my heart. Your story has that feel. Well done.




  9. Moon

    So loved this story , Neel. Very touching and so very well written. It’s so hard to let go of a thing with touch and memories embedded within . I have preserved some of my grandfather’s letters, when I see the handwriting and touch them, I feel I can still see him, though he is long gone.


  10. Dale

    Oh so very poignant, Neel.


  11. Sometimes we need at least something to hold on to… maybe even shout at shoes


  12. Beautiful and full of meaning. I think we all have stuff from loved ones — in one sense just clutter but part of the memories.


  13. So beautifully written, Neel. There are some objects so linked to the memory of a loved one, that to throw the object away would seem akin to slamming the door on that person for all eternity. I still have my deceased granny’s hand-knitted doll and, although I don’t like dolls that much, I could never throw it away.


  14. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    I felt the anger and I felt it building to show grief. Nicely done.


  15. Ooh, a real mixture of emotions coming from your character there. Very true to life, Neel – we can love and loathe people close to us so easily. Nicely done


  16. Beautifully drawn picture of conflict here, represented by the shoes. Good read.


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