Inside Out

Avatar Author: lostforwords Hello Ficly Friends! I write fact for a living daily and fiction for fun occasionally, usually from my mobile phone whilst in bed at 1 in the morning... Why? I'm married, work full time and have one year old boy / girl tw... Read Bio

The spinning drum of the washing machine has replaced the revolving washing line. Nine months ago it would have been art.

But there was no intention on my part, no creative direction. That’s just where it landed. “A happy accident.”

Where fabrics once wafted under a blanket of blue, straggly beans now double up in pain against the biting black winds.

My mother would have been proud. She was the mistress of make-do.

Rock-filled socks hang from a branch. My ‘apple art’. My shrine to nature. My nod to customs past. My homemade pulverisers.

A watery hole has become a firey pit. One vital element replaces another. The fish are fried. Mother would have been proud.

I pluck the final morsel from my jewellery case. I select with care, as if I had a choice. I stab at the flames. The sticky meat crackles and hisses in pointless protest.

It had pulled from a chest. Her chest. It’s her second gift of life. A parting present.

She’d have approved of this inside out, upcycled world. At last, I’ve done her proud.

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  1. Avatar The Ghost in the Machine LoA

    Wow. If this is an apocalypse piece, and if I’m reading this right, there is some crazy shit happening in this ficlet, which I like haha. Well done

  2. Avatar lostforwords

    Thanks Ghost. You made me giggle first thing this morning – thanks :) The alternative title was ‘Taking mum out for dinner’. Is a bit macabre though :))

  3. Avatar Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    Interesting piece! Macabre, yes, but finely twisted. I can see how the environment has changed the protagonist. I like how she justifies herself.

    Well done!

  4. Avatar lostforwords

    Thanks! I suspect re-connecting with nature will be a fav theme of mine. Eating human flesh, not so much. Looking forward to getting stuck into more challenges. :)

  5. Avatar Krulltar

    the short choppy sentence style you used for the narrator completely made this ficly so amazing. very descriptive, but not verbose.

    btw, welcome to ficly, now stop using the default picture :)

  6. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Awesome way to reuse/upcycle goods for survival in this strange new place the planet has become. poor mom.