Flash Fiction: The Necklace


The necklace had lived in the velvet box on her Grandmother’s dressing table for as long as Rose could remember. After the funeral her mother lifted it out, the diamonds uncurling languidly, as if she were waking them from a heavy sleep.

‘She wanted you to have it.’ In the dressing-table mirror her mother smiled, eyes filling with tears.

‘I never saw her wear it.’ Rose touched the jewels at her throat.

‘That’s because it wasn’t hers. It was your Grandfather’s.’ Her mother paused. ‘And the sequined dresses, the high heels, the lipstick.’ She smiled again. ‘They loved each other so very much.’


This is a 100-word story written as part of the Friday Fictioneers online writing group, run by the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Every week many writers around the world write a story inspired by a picture (this week supplied by SantoshWriter). Click here to join in or read other people’s.


Delighted to let you know that my novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, has just been shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. More information.

103 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: The Necklace

  1. The feminist in me bristles: that all of the grandmother’s clothes and shoes and of course the necklace, belonged to the grandfather, not to her? Even if he bought it? Love is the strangest, strangest thing.


  2. You deftly tell us so much here, Claire. Of course, it is left to interpretation. Has she stopped wearing them because of her grief or in relief? Either way, the story works. Nice job.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


    • You’re right. These things feel recent, but I’m sure they’ve been going on for centuries. (I’ve just finished How to be Both by Ali Smith, which is partly about a woman hiding as a man, but more for work reasons than any other.)


  3. Claire, this story was wonderful! It took me a few minutes to “get” it. I went through the same process as petrujviljoen. Claire, what is the name of your book and the name of the site selling it?


  4. First it made me sad then it made me cross….Get it? Just kidding around!
    What a pity Grandfather was not around to see Grayson Perry tripping around in liberty print and platform heels!


  5. Wow! So good! Grandfather certainly was a fancy dresser. I can picture Grandmother and Grandfather walking about dressed to the
    Great update on your novel, Claire. I’m happy to read that your hard work is being rewarded – consideration itself is a reward, eh? Congratulations!


  6. A surprising twist, Claire, but that’s life isn’t it. Good the mother told the daughter before someone else who wasn’t so kind did it. There are human vultures who thrive on hurting people. That was a family who understood unconditional love. Well written as always. Congratulations on your book being shortlisted for the award. 🙂 — Suzanne


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