Emily's Birthday

Emily tried to get her mother’s attention. “Please Mummy, why won’t you talk to me.”


She had been left alone again while her mother went out to work. “Why can’t I go to school like the other children?” But Emily was always ignored, always trapped in her room, and no explanation was given.


One morning, Emily’s mother came into the bedroom holding a large gift, carefully wrapped in colourful paper.


“Happy Birthday!”


Emily’s eyes grew wide.


Emily’s mother opened the present. A large fluffy elephant, her favourite animal. “You would have been ten years old today. I miss you, lovely girl.”

#FLASHFICTION101 March 2021 SHORTLISTED ENTRY


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