FF – From The Ground Up

A week or so ago, I revisited an old FF story from September 2015. It was one I felt had more mileage at the time, but never had chance to expand. This week, I couldn’t tell exactly what the prompt picture (copyright Shaktiki Sharma) showed, but a couple of elements caught my eye and the story and character which emerged reminded me of Lauren. So here she is again, probably a little before Gerry put in an appearance, getting to grips with a change of circumstances.

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From The Ground Up

What she’d stand on had always mattered to Lauren.

“Flooring matters” she’d say, poking at seventies carpet or yellow lino as her Grandmother might a stained tablecloth.

“It’s not like we have to eat off it.” Ian, ever pragmatic, had insisted only that there was a floor, never mind the style or state of it.

She picked a stale chip off the cardboard carpet now and gnawed on it. Freedom had its advantages, but home comforts weren’t among them. He’d kept it all when she left – stone inlay and subfloor-heating were as wasted on him as she had been.

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11 responses to “FF – From The Ground Up

  1. The Grandmother poking a stained tablecloth made this for me

  2. A wonderful revisitation…even if I haven’t read the first bit…is there a link to the original?

  3. Not a match made in heaven I think…

  4. Sad mirror of many a marriage!
    Love the last line! Just the thought of many a woman!

  5. Very good. I love how you’ve used flooring to represent all that was wrong with the relationship. But I feel for her now, losing it all.

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