Flash fiction: For Sale


‘Perhaps put some coffee on,’ the estate agent said, striding from the kitchen to the dining room. I tagged along behind. ‘Courtyard could be brightened up. And maybe lay the table.’ I must have looked bewildered. ‘It all helps. Viewers need to see it as a home, not just a house.’

It is home, I wanted to tell him. Was a home…briefly.

That night I fell asleep on the sofa surrounded by wrapping paper and boxes, but I had found the percolator and the dinner service. In the morning I put the rest of the wedding presents back under the stairs.


A Friday Fictioneers 100-word (or so) story inspired by the picture supplied by Jan Wayne Fields. Friday Fictioneers is organised and run by the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Click here to join in, and here to read other pieces.


This week I was delighted to be included in The Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction’ article. You can see it online here.

And for the next 15 hours only you can win one of five copies of Our Endless Numbered Days, via Goodreads. (UK readers only I’m afraid.)

69 thoughts on “Flash fiction: For Sale

  1. Claire, another lovely bit of concise fiction that hits me straight in the heart without being overblown. I’m off to check out your link and was crushed when I read that the possible free books was in the UK only. Sigh. 🙂



  2. I read this twice just to soak in all the agonizingly lovely yet heartbreaking details. You tell so much here, Claire, but leave even more clues in the things that have been left unsaid. Finely crafted.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  3. Oooh, I love the mixture of practicality and despair you’ve mixed into this – and I like the mystery of not knowing quite what happened. Fantastic! So glad I found you this week (I missed you last week – were you there?)


  4. I’m so very pleased for your success Clare – well done. Loved the article. And a very haunting tale this week of a life that didn’t quite go where it was supposed to go. Beautifully done.


  5. Lovely narration. I could feel the blue behind his words. This is a heartbreaking piece, but it is as gold as the sun. Thank you! — Matthew


  6. Such a sad story. He’s so lonely – I can feel his sorrow. I ike the estate agent’s brisk, uncaring voice – it’s a good foil for the vulnerability of the MC. Congratulatios on the article.


  7. You captured the sadness beautifully and gave us enough to complete the back story. A life suspended as it were.
    Congratulations too, I think you already know that I am a huge fan.



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