No Small Wonder (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

Copyright Randy Maize

Friday Fictioneers are gearing up for their weekly get together, sharpening their quills, filling their inkwells or simply powering up their computers.

Thanks once again to Rochelle for orchestrating the weekly get-together at her place.

Here in Spain the sun is shining, the sea is shimmering and my writerly muse has yet to join me.  This will have to do for now… the sea shore beckons.

No Small Wonder

“Relax Helen, it’s just a temporary placement.  It would take a minor miracle for that kid to let down her defences.”

Helen switched off the phone, detecting a movement at the doorway.  Monica held out a limp sparrow, her impenetrable gaze fixed on her foster carer.

“Make it better.”

Helen’s heart sank as the bird’s tiny body was placed in her hands.

The first words Monica had uttered in six weeks and Helen would have moved mountains to make them worth while. She closed her eyes.

A sudden stirring, a tiny flutter.

Not exactly a  miracle, but no small wonder either.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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58 Responses to No Small Wonder (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

  1. Jan Brown says:

    A surprise happy ending–well done! (Particularly well done, for being museless.)

    Enjoy the sea shore!


  2. atrm61 says:

    Aww,how sweet!The fragility of life vis-a-vis the fragility of our emotions/relationships!Loved it Sandra:-)


  3. elmowrites says:

    Foster carers are never a small wonder – the work they do is incredible. Seems like Helen is going to find a way to get through after all and, in my view, that’s a miracle right there. Happy sea-shore-ing!


  4. Dick de Korte says:

    Dear Sandra,
    I am amazed how you can find the time to give us nearly daily such a stream of information, at the same time travelling between Eingland, France and Spain. Very interesting! No, you are not talking to yourself! You are lucky with the weather in Spain now. Here in the Netherlands temperatures are below zero now at night.


    • Sandra says:

      Hi Dick, glad to see you on here. We drove down here the week before last but had to fly back briefly to the UK mid last week for a meeting. Now we’re back in Spain we’re looking forward to slowly winding down for Christmas. And staying in one place for a while. Hope all is well with you, and that the temperatures improve. I doubt they will though. 😦


  5. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    The interaction between these two, and the broken bird, speaks of trauma. My mind wanders and seeks to concoct a back story for Monica — how you did that with a mere 100 words is not exactly a miracle, but no small wonder, either.


  6. Wow, Sandra. This one was so beautiful. I read it twice and held back tears. Lovely work.


  7. kz says:

    museless? really? this is beautiful. 🙂


  8. helenmidgley says:

    Beautiful piece, I was praying the bird would move, and released a breath when it did 🙂


  9. A lovely Christmas story of love and hope, Sandra. Enjoy your sunshine!!



  10. Very, very, good.
    AnElephant loves it.


  11. This made my heart smile.
    Thanks, I needed that.


  12. draliman says:

    A heart-warming take on this week’s prompt.


  13. Very sweet ending to an intriguing story, Sandra. Well done! (Dig the snow too.)


  14. Dear Sandra,

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much. Your story brought me to tears, in the literal sense. So many layers of story in few words. There’s a reason that child hasn’t spoken and a small wonder could be the key to unlock her heart. Beautiful.




  15. Definitely a miracle, a rebirth. Moving piece.


  16. rgayer55 says:

    A very touching story. I’m not so sure it wasn’t a miracle.


  17. Sometimes the miracle is all in the timing. Hopefully it’s the breakthrough she needed. 🙂


  18. Eena says:

    Lovely. In so few words I am still able to see and feel Monica’s new hope.


  19. mike olley says:

    The mountain has started to move. I enjoyed this story, Sandra.


  20. hugmamma says:

    very lovely take on the pix…


  21. MissTiffany says:

    Lovely! I hope Helen will stick it out and make it more than a temporary placement. Well done!


  22. I’m happy for your story.. thank you.


  23. unspywriter says:

    Very nicely done. Great for renewing optimism.

    Here’s mine:


  24. Are you filling up your inkwell? I hope you’re enjoying the shimmering sea. I am so jealous! It’s freezing here. I enjoyed your story, Sandra. Nature has special powers and doesn’t see poverty. Very nice!


  25. Wonderfully done – so many layers in so few words. My mind is racing with all the whys and wherefores behind her mute state…


  26. annisik51 says:

    Great use of the bird to parallel the girl’s condition and hint at her future restoration. I have a story I’ve been trying to finish (for years) that’s similar. You might have just helped. It’s called ‘The Finch’ and I might take you up on your offer to read when it’s ‘resurrected’. Don’t panic, it won’t be before Christmas. My husband had to dash off to Portugal in the deep of the night, friday/saturday. He says the weather’s good – same as in Spain, it seems. Ann


    • Sandra says:

      Thanks Ann. Not the first time you’ve seen something in a story of mine that I hadn’t intentionally included. 🙂 Sure I’ll read your Finch when it’s ready to fly! Another lovely day here, but oooh those nights are so cold…


  27. brainsnorts says:

    miracles are all relative to their moment, be they great or small. well done.


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