The Nursery


© Sandra Crook

They had children in their hearts, but twelve years and several obstetricians later,  the only sounds in the nursery were the echoes of their footsteps around an empty crib.

Susan spent evenings weeping in silence, while Mark spent more and more time at the Office, allowing business to occupy his troubled mind.

But while Susan recovered at St. Annes, he hatched his plan and transformed the nursery into a luminous music room, covering the walls with souvenirs of their marriage and happy summer holidays together.

Perhaps now, they could move forward, mend their lives, and sew the fragments back together again.


Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for this weekly, Friday Fictioneers, challenge and to Sandra Crook for the excellent photo prompt.

41 Replies to “Friday Fictioneers : The Nursery”

  1. Dear Graham,

    I’m assuming St. Anne’s is a psychiatric facility? I felt just a hint of a disconnect at that point. However that’s a mere nitpick. I really enjoyed your take on the prompt. I think he has the right idea. Time to move on.



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    1. Yes, I understand, I probably should have written ‘absent for the weekend’ my intention was she was recovering in some sort of institution …


  2. In theory it’s a good plan but I fear there will be conflict after its executed. People grieve in different ways and at different speeds and men are always trying to fix problems. I like the piece very much. It made me take the woman’s side. Interesting reaction.

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