Friday Fictioneers – Keeping Ted Alive

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Ted didn’t know he was lost. And perhaps he wasn’t, at least not lost to himself, wandering with an impish grin through the woods. But he was lost to me. And the panic was mine.

Ted remained calm. He didn’t know we quartered the forest looking for him.

One day soon, he won’t realise he’s Ted. But I will. And, together, we’ll keep Ted alive. We’ll fill the mailboxes of his mind, so long as he still owns the keys.

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Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

62 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Keeping Ted Alive

  1. What a powerful piece. ‘We’ll fill the mailboxes of his mind, so long as he still owns the keys.’ Beautiful. Such a loving portrayal of a horrible condition.

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  2. What a fascinating story. I especially love the phrase “quartered the forest” of his mind(?), which speaks to me of order, even martial order, AND of shelter. So much love and loss in this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a wonderfully well-written piece, despite the tragedy of the situation. I can tell the love of the main character though, even when the actions won’t be recognized or appreciated. Well done.
    -David

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  4. This is so well written and so very sad. The end is particularly poignant ‘We’ll fill the mailboxes of his mind as long as he still owns the keys.’ Beautifully expressed. Well done Neil.

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