Mrs. Ambrose

“I’d like a cup of hot chocolate, please.”

She’d walked out of the nursing home, no interest in the craft for the day. She couldn’t handle origami and hated working with glitter.

So here she sat on Christmas Eve day. Across from a young couple who chatted quietly, packages beside them. She remembered those kind of stolen moments with Ben. Their kids home with the sitter, last minute shopping done.

She sipped the sweetness, eyes closed, remembering.

“Mrs. Ambrose? You need to come back now.” She pulled the old coat closer to her chest and walked back across the street.


Word Count: 100   Photo credit: Jean L Hayes.  Story motivated by Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers photo. Thank you Rochelle, for your work this past year and here’s to an inspirational 2016!

22 thoughts on “Mrs. Ambrose

  1. Joy Pixley January 2, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Aw, a bittersweet holiday when you’ve lost the one you love. I wish she could have stayed longer to enjoy her hot chocolate and memories.

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    • lillian January 3, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Me too. 100 words cut her visit short….but somehow, I think she is happy and carries her wonderful memories with her. She is also and independent woman — even in that nursing home. Hence the refusal to work with glitter! 🙂

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      • Joy Pixley January 3, 2016 / 8:50 pm

        I liked the part about not working with glitter — way to stick up for herself and her preferences!

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  2. patrickprinsloo January 2, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Ah, the tyranny of the nursing home with its crafts and rules. At least she had a glimpse of happiness on this occasion.

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      • lillian January 3, 2016 / 4:31 pm

        In 100 words….sweet is a good compliment! 🙂 Glad you liked it.

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    • lillian January 3, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Yes. I wanted to create an independent and feisty woman….even though she’s past her prime. She sips hot chocolate….and even when back at the nursing home, I suspect she’ll still refuse to work with glitter!


  3. jules January 3, 2016 / 1:30 am

    Great flash fiction. So complete and so thought provoking. 🙂

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    • lillian January 3, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      Many thanks, Jules. I do enjoy the challenge of creating the complete story in so few words! Happy new year!

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      • jules January 3, 2016 / 6:39 pm

        A wonderful new year to you too!

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  4. rochellewisoff January 3, 2016 / 6:58 am

    Dear Lillian,

    You told a lot of story in few words. A beautiful novel in a flash. Very well done.



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    • lillian January 3, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Ah Rochelle…..your complimentary words are those most treasured. Many thanks for helping me start the new year off in such a positive way! I do enjoy the group and am so glad I found it! 🙂
      Happy new year and again, many thanks for your work with Friday Fictioneers!


  5. Margaret January 3, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    A very nice portrayal of Mrs Ambrose. I feel for her predicament. What a shame they can’t leave her in peace to enjoy her memories.

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    • lillian January 4, 2016 / 8:21 am

      Thanks for the read and kind words. Yes — she must leave the cafe … But I get the feeling Mrs. Ambrose sneaks over here quite a bit. She’s an independent one! (I had fun creating her!)


  6. Bastet January 4, 2016 / 6:21 am

    I like Mrs Ambrose and good for her for walking out of the nursing home – hot chocolate and a memories is far better than imposed glitter and origami. I liked how you developed this character, a great read.

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    • lillian January 4, 2016 / 8:22 am

      Thanks so much! All the replies have brought her to life even more than my words on the page!

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      • Bastet January 4, 2016 / 10:09 am

        You know, I think you’ve got a point there, you might be able to really develop something more around her after all the interesting feed back you’ve gotten.

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    • lillian January 5, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      In some ways, I think we all have selective memories. And as we get older, I suspect our memories become more blurred and creative too!


  7. rogershipp January 9, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Too bad she could not have stayed a little longer and enjoyed the memories…

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    • lillian January 10, 2016 / 8:49 am

      ah….for 100 more words….:-) Thanks for stopping by!

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