The Porch #WritePhoto




She was about five when she stopped crying. But she still crawled into bed with me. Me. The broken one, the brave one, the older one.

My identity was older sister.

I’d been alive three years longer than she. That’s all I had to offer.

She snuggled with me, her raggedy stuffed rabbit tucked tightly to her chest.

Sometimes, on summer nights, we’d tiptoe to the porch. I’d point to the trees and tell her they were our watchers. They would protect us.

I remember those evenings the most. When the skies were beautiful watercolor paintings of our bruises.




I’ve combined two prompts this week:

#writephoto, a weekly writing prompt for poetry/flash/short stories hosted by Sue Vincent which asks writers to use photos for inspiration (the photo above is this week’s prompt)




and Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch which asks writers to pen a piece in 99 words (this week’s prompt: Watchers).

February 16, 2017 prompt: Watchers In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a watcher.


Sarah Brentyn Reef 99 Words - sig

42 thoughts on “The Porch #WritePhoto

  1. I would have said what Geoff said if I’d thought of it! Powerful stuff, Sarah. You have taken that sky and portrayed it beautifully with your words, even if what the image describes is more sad than beautiful. I might even go so far as to say this has got to be my new favourite. 🙂

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  2. So much happening in these 99 words, branching out like the watchers. It makes me think the older sister (her identity — wow) struggles to find a protector, but I love the myth that it could be the trees. You’ve achieved a balance between bruises and beauty.

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