Sunday Photo Fiction 6-7-15 – Under the Couch

Sunday Photo Fiction – June 7th 2015 108-06-june-7th-2015to write a piece [around 200 words] whether it is a story or poetry using the image as inspiration.

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The little girl lay on her stomach on the green mottled carpet. She was reaching under the couch, its stiff skirt flipped up to rest on her temple as she squinted into the dark recess. This is where they kept the family board games.

The flat boxes containing Life, Monopoly, and the chess-checkers combo were strewn to her left. She retrieved another flat box and wrinkled her nose; it was a game she’d never even heard of. With a sigh she pushed it against the other boxes. She returned to her previous position; there was a box in the back that she didn’t remember seeing. She reached and stretched and just barely caught it with her fingertips. It rattled. Her curiosity spiked.

After a few minutes of struggling, she managed to pull the smallish square box out into the daylight, rattling the whole way. It read “Solitaire” in bright red letters. Sitting up on her knees she opened the game. A wooden board with notches sat surrounded by red balls.

Ignoring the white page of instructions in the bottom of the box, she set up the game, putting a ball in every notch. Then she took all the balls off, then put them back on from the bottom notch going up. She repeated the process again, only going diagonal every other notch. Then again in a different pattern. Again and again the little balls were placed and removed. This was much more fun than trying to force her older siblings, or stuffed animals, in to playing Monopoly with her.

About AnnaMae Tollefson

I am a 22 year-old, rural Minnesota resident. I love music, singing, design, and writing.
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