Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – A New Penny Candy Store


friday-fictioneers-11416-jean-l-hays“Mama, why we leavin’?”

“There’s no water, son. The crops are dead. There’s barely any wood for the coming winter.”

“What about Paw?” I’m gonna miss talkin’ to um.”

“He’ll be with ya, son, in your heart.”

“Will we find another fillin’ station with penny candy and biscuits for Rusty?”

“I suppose we can find one like Ol’ Man Billies.”

“Now, grab Rusty and get in the car.”

“We’re going down Route 66, Rusty. Gonna find a new penny candy store and biscuits.”

“I’m gonna miss sitting under the oak with ya Paw”.

“I’ll come see ya soon. I promise.”

2016©Isadora De La Vega

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100 words

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*****Photo Prompt©Jean L. Hays

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

60 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – A New Penny Candy Store

  1. Sounds like they’re leaving the dust bowl. Great voices and a story sounding like reality. Good writing, Isadora. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. I don’t know where you came up with it, but this one is a gem! Isadora, the voices and pace are wonderful!

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  3. No wood for firewood. You know it’s bad then. Great voice here, Issy. I hope there are greener pastures ahead.

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  4. Its sad when dreams are broken, poor Billy and Route 66

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  5. So much gleaned from their dialect… not just their dictation but the relationship. Nicely done.

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  6. I hope they find happiness – bitter sweet.

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  7. Masterfully written. Lovely,heartbreaking story.

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  8. I can see you have read your Grapes of wraith, but the parting here is so strong… I wonder if there is a future once the past is gone.

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    • Yes, required reading in English class. LOL
      The past is always with us. It’s a history we can’t leave behind.
      But, I think there’s hope for a better life in the future if they believe it can happen.
      I’m pleased you enjoyed my story, Bjorn. Thank you for your kind comment and visit.
      Have nice weekend.
      Isadora 😎


  9. Extremely well written, Isadora. You communicated both the sadness and the hope as they move on to a new life.

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  10. His mama has to harden her heart or they’ll be joining Paw.

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  11. Very poignant tale told very sensitively narrated. I Iiked the tinge of optimism
    that you garnished it with.

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  12. Great story, Isadora! Very sad that they are having to leave and that his paw died.

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  13. Intriguing, and crackling with the sadness of life.

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  14. sad situation, but life has to go on.

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  15. Oh, that would be hard, leaving the grave of a loved one. Each time I go to Loveland, Colorado, I visit my grandparents and auntie. You really caught some wonderful feelings in this – both good and bad. Kudos.

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    • Thank you so very much, Alicia, for your wonderfully insightful comment.
      As a little boy, I would imagine he wasn’t able to grasp it all. I wanted to show that in the story.
      The penny candy became his focus showcasing how quickly kids can adjust despite the loss.
      I appreciate your stopping by.
      Isadora 😎


  16. Querida Isadora,

    I love the voz in this. 😉 I could hear them speaking and feel the sadness. Bien trabajo.



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  17. I love that picture with the vintage signs in the background, you have a nice blog.

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    • The photo isn’t mine. It’s a photo prompt for us to follow and write a short 100 word story.
      I, too, love vintage signs. There are less and less of them creating a collector market.
      Thank you for visiting my block and commenting. Come back real soon ….
      Isadora 😎


  18. Beautifully written, isadora

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  19. Wistful and nostalgic quality to the dialogue. Very nice, if sad. Well done.

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  20. Sad times indeed. Nicely done.

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    • When everything is drying up, I guess it’s time to move on.
      A single mother with a farm can’t be easy. I felt the sadness of the dry land and the rusty old truck.
      The photograph had a defeated emptiness.
      Thank you for coming by, Sandra, and leaving your comment.
      Have a nice weekend.
      Isadora 😎


  21. How sad, and I can’t help wondering about the place in the photo.

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    • I imagine a big drought and people leaving from lack of jobs. Route 66 is a famous route. I think many of the big companies have taken over the route with their franchise gasoline stations. It’s a desolate place, for sure. Thank, Gilly. It’s heartwarming to see you here again.
      Have a beautiful weekend filled with special hugs ….
      Issy 😎


  22. Awww… sad circumstances for them. Hope they find better elsewhere…

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  23. She better visit sooner than later. Happy Thursday!

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