Charli Mills prompt this week is 

November 9, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that pivots around an unexpected ending. If it’s the end of the world as we know it, what is the renewal? You can have history repeat itself. You can include dynamics that never change despite an ending. You can show a triumphant ending. A tragic one. A silly, “That’s all folks!

If I think of one thing when it comes to an ending, especially a silly one it is the Darwin Awards. Their focus is of the awards is for those who seek:

 the improvement of
the human genome by honoring those who
accidentally remove themselves from it…

Personally I don’t like endings; I feel empty at the finish of a good book, or comoeking film, I hate when a sports game finishes, I prefer to drift away from parties than say goodbye, I never quite know how to end phone calls. Maybe I just like the contact and don’t want it to end. Life is so much fun that if you live in the now why would you ever want an ending.

As for Mary and her daughter, what is and ending after all but a new beginning…

Memories, where life doesn’t end

Penny looked thoughtful when she returned from school. ‘Dolly said they sprinkled her grandpa’s ashes at his favourite place.’ She looked tearfully at her mother. ‘She said it gave them a memory of him. Mum,’ the tears began to flow, ‘I can’t remember him. He’s gone.’

Mary hugged Penny. ‘He hasn’t.’

Penny frowned. ‘Come on.’ Mary pulled out a box. Penny smiled. ‘It’s grandpa’s scent.’

‘I kept some things, reminders. You take something and keep it in your room. When you see it you’ll remember him.’

Later Mary looked in Penny’s room; a scarf sat draped around the mirror.

To catch up with Mary and her family, click here.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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11 Responses to #carrotranch

  1. Erika Kind says:

    Right, Geoffle! An ending is always a new beginning at the same time. Lovely story!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Wonderful, Geoff. Reading one of your stories is like eating a chocolate truffle!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rogershipp says:

    Having a ‘keepsake’ can be a powerful help in continuing to remember….

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills says:

    I like that idea of memories being a life’s extension. Mary is wise in how she’s helping Penny cope, and a scarf is a good choice to keep the memory alive. Even when we forget, items surface and take on a curiosity so as to encourage another to discover the memory locked within.

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