Times Gone By

Avatar Author: HSAR Master of the Armory and Chief Nibmaker of Our Strange and Wonderful House. It's a pleasure to meet you. Like many others in this community, I have no qualifications for writing except a head full of ideas and a passio... Read Bio

It was a different time. Happier, if one wished to be self-indulgent. A time of companionship, of easy talk and chatter. We would talk over lunch, over drinks, over dinner.

We would meet and be met by a multitude of characters whose stories were as interesting as our own. We would weep over tales that left our hearts raw. We would surge with joy at the hope of the future.

We were young, full of love and truth and life. We dared to believe it would last forever.

How I wish I could tell you that it did. Or that events beyond our control shattered this lovely oasis of peace and calm and humanity into a million shards.

But that would a disservice to the past me who now lives only in memory. In truth? We failed to recognise its value, and it fell away. And by the time we realised what we had lost, it was too late to return. It was gone. We were gone, mired in responsibility and commitment and the countless ordinary facets of daily life.

We reached for it, we did. But it had fallen out of our reach.

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  1. Avatar HSAR

    Written to the sound of “The Theme of Marco and Gina”, which has always had that sort effect on me – and not only because it really does come from the time I write of.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB1sWO3e-oY

  2. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    This is Lovely! I was sent back to a time in my life that this triggered, while reading it. What a wonderful, relatable piece. You may want to add the word “do” to the first line of the last paragraph after “would” ;)

  3. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Wow this is really poetic. I love your style. “We would meet and be met by a multitude of characters” mmm rhythm and alliteration and yum!

    The last two paragraphs really hit me hard. So beautiful and sad.

    I’d change ‘the past me which’ to ‘the past me who’, other than that this is perfect.

    Wonderful writing. Thank you so much for entering!