Hope Is A Four Letter Word #carrotranch #flashfiction

Charli Mills prompt is 

July 6, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a beacon. It can be from a lighthouse or other source. Use the word literally or figuratively and go where the prompt leads you.

Just over a year ago, in my flash saga that tells of the North family, Mary North and her half-brother Rupert traced Mary’s lost twin sister, Katherine, to a village in Galway. She had died some while before as had her adoptive parents and sibling, but before they came home, they learnt Katherine had been looked after by the Sister’s of Mercy for a while as she gave birth to a baby daughter, but their records seemed to have been lost and the trail went cold. If you want to find out more about this story and its history you can follow here


Hope Is A Four Letter Word


‘Mrs. North? Greg O’Connell. I tracked down your sister to the Sisters of Mercy.’

Mary felt a familiar cloud cast a chill shadow. ‘I remember.’

‘They’ve found the records. At last, eh?’

Mary couldn’t speak.

‘Bit of light at… sorry, I’m rambling. A beacon of hope, maybe. Katherine Potts. Your sister, right?’


‘She had a daughter, who was adopted. The family was from Dublin. Mrs. North? You there.’

‘Is she… alive?’

‘That’s why I rang. Do you want me to keep looking?’

Mary shut her eyes. Could she stand more disappointment? Was this beacon really bringing good news?

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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. 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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17 Responses to Hope Is A Four Letter Word #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. You really drew me into the story, Geoff. Well done. Hugs.


  2. So smooth a mention of the prompt, so much tension built in these 99 words.
    And yes, a mixed blessing to know, only to not know…

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  3. I love how you seamlessly continue the story, fitting in the prompts! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Charli Mills says:

    The Norths deserve a proper book and Mary deserves to know what became of Katherine’s daughter!

    Liked by 2 people

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  6. Oh, dear Gods! What is going on?! Why do you do this? What is happening?

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  7. Norah says:

    The plot thickens! Yes, while there’s a chance of finding the daughter, Mary’s niece, they can’t stop. Keep looking Mr O’Connell. Keep writing Mr Le Pard, the Norths need their own book.

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