[Fiction] Old Friend

First, I want to thank all the writers and artists who joined in on yesterday’s National Poetry Day party. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet some new faces! Now back to your regularly scheduled writing…


Donna wrapped up her old teddy bear, the mink with the missing eye, and a scruffy lion in a few scraps of cloth to be put into the box to Goodwill. She hadn’t seen her childhood toys since she left them behind in her mother’s house. She had names for all of them once, but try as she might she couldn’t remember any of them until she came upon Pepper, the wolf. His hair had been washed out of his gray dye when she had given him a bubble bath, was it? Yes, 40 some odd years ago.

“You’re looking your age now,” Donna said fondly, touching his nose. She pulled a stray white curl away from her own face and smiled. “And so am I.”

He was the only thing she took for herself from that house, safely tucked under her arm.


Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at https://redgladiola.wordpress.com

16 thoughts on “[Fiction] Old Friend”

  1. The one piece of my childhood I wish I could get back would be my Molly doll from the Big Comfy Couch. I wish I never lost her so many years ago. Yep, not like you can’t already tell you, but I’m a sentimental person 😉

  2. Oh, that’s touching–I don’t have things from childhood, but I do have something from ages ago–a companion bear who’s been rather a talisman of sorts.

  3. I fear that my fearless stuffed puppy, “BOW-WOW”, is lost forever. My mother was his surgeon, as he suffered many wounds guiding me through our many adventures together. Thanks for the memories.

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