Nearly There – Friday Fictioneers, August 2022

Corfe Castle, Dorset

It was a tedious, exhausting journey.

No point in asking if we were nearly there yet; we were always nearly there, just as we were always nearly rich, nearly united, nearly content. 

But soon we were slithering joyfully down the grassy slopes below the crumbling ramparts, whose only function for us was as a backdrop for hide-and-seek.Β 

The hot sun scorched us scarlet, then burnished us golden-brown.

Our parents would rediscover each other, a fleeting hiatus in their warfare.

On leaving I’d cry, watching the ruins fade from view.

One day I’ll live here, I thought.

And now I do.

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Not really fiction, I suppose… well perhaps the bit about ‘burnished golden-brown’ since I was always a freckler. πŸ™‚ Thanks to Rochelle, for her untiring efforts on behalf of Friday Fictioneers, and for choosing my photo thus allowing me to wax lyrical about my adopted home.

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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43 Responses to Nearly There – Friday Fictioneers, August 2022

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I loved “we were always nearly there, just as we were always nearly rich, nearly united, nearly content”

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Tannille says:

    “Our parents would rediscover each other, a fleeting hiatus in their warfare.” Tells so much and paints a picture.


  3. Dear Sandra,

    There’s so much to love in this story. “The hot sun scorched us scarlet, then burnished us golden-brown.” Brilliant line. (heading for the beach this morning, hoping not to come back scorched). Great story and photo.




  4. GHLearner says:

    The first half almost reads like a metaphor for our times. Great story, rich and colourful.


  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Those lovely memories of childhood summer days, lovingly expressed. Well done.


  6. msjadeli says:

    Sandra I always enjoy your richly textured stories.


  7. pennygadd51 says:

    Lovely piece of autobiography, Sandra. How nice that you live in the place of your childhood dreams!


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  9. Dale says:

    This was beautifully written, Sandra. And I, for one, am happy you managed to have your happy ending, despite the challenges getting there.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I loved the writing and story and picture.
    There was nothing to not love.
    Well done.


  11. michael1148humphris says:

    Thank you for recalling the memories of my holidays in your part of the world. Fabulous


  12. A delightful story with a happy ending. I hope the hoards of tourists, of which I was one last year, don’t cause you too many problems!


    • Sandra says:

      Thanks, Keith. I tend to be very tolerant of the grockles. If it weren’t for them, half the shops in our sleepy little town wouldn’t manage to be open for the rest of the year for us. As it is we’re all charity shops and fast food outlets. πŸ™‚


  13. Bill says:

    Wonderfully written story, Sandra.

    I’ve read, β€œAll fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction.” ― P.D. James

    Now if I were to say that I ever browned or burnished, that would be impossible fiction. Thank you for the inspiring pic.

    Well done!


  14. James McEwan says:

    A lovely place to live. I have visited Studland’s and Lulworth cove a few times when I lived in Dorset.


  15. draliman says:

    Memories of my own childhood holidays!


  16. authorfleurl says:

    I love this! I’m crazy about castles, and your story is delightful.


  17. A sad, but beautifully woven story. I’m happy for you, that you were able to live in this place of nice memories. Thanks for the inspiring photo this week, Sandra!


  18. granonine says:

    A lovely story, Sandra. What a perfect ending πŸ™‚


  19. Beautifully done and I loved how it was bracketed by “nearly there” and then “now I do” πŸ™‚


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