SPF – Solitaire

When Maurice was alive we played games together and laughed and laughed. Every Wednesday night was our game night. We had so much fun playing games. Maurice would try and cheat and I would catch him and make him lose points. That was when he was alive two years ago.

My children gave me a game for Christmas. It is called Solitaire. I don’t want to play Solitaire. I don’t like the name of it. I don’t like the thought of it.

I guess they think that lonely people are suppose to play lonely games.

(95 words)

Photo Credit: Alistair Forbes – Thank you for our prompt photo

This story is my submission for the fun challenge hosted by Alistair Forbes, Sunday Photo Fiction. He gives us a photo prompt and 200 words or less with which we are to write our stories. The challenge is fun and addicting. If you would like more information regarding this challenge or would like to read the other participants stories, click on this link (there is a link inside this link that will take you to the stories).



67 thoughts on “SPF – Solitaire

  1. This is a great example of people, perhaps not thinking things through…giving a gift without paying attention to the circumstances. A well meaning gift, but certainly not one received joyously. Great job, Joy! It was a happy occasion turning very sad and quite depressing.

  2. I really like the way you interpreted this prompt, PJ. You have crafted such a well-rounded story in so few words. I agree that the name of Solitaire sounds very lonely.

    • Thank you Millie! I always love your comments. When I saw the picture I didn’t think I would be able to write anything because I have never seen this particular Solitaire game. We play Solitaire here with cards. So I had no idea what to say. Therefore, I just went with the name, “Solitaire.”

  3. I could imagine that Maurice and the narrator both enjoyed a beautiful relationship.
    The second para and the last line both reflect the pain of the narrator.
    “I guess they think that lonely people are suppose to play lonely games”
    This is such a powerful line here!!!

  4. I do not think the children thought that gift through. I recommend lots of fresh air and exploring the world round her.
    Very poignant story.

  5. My parents used to play games together. Now I don’t think my mother has enough memory to remember even solitary rules…
    She delights in the older fashioned types of contact -phone calls, and letters with photos.
    Especially when visits cannot be frequent because of the distance she chooses to keep.

  6. I am very late! but I just wanted you to know that this is a beautifully written and compelling story, PJ. Love the last sentence!

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