The spinster

(100-word flash fiction)



She finds the abandoned baby one dark evening in the bushes outside her house. Her orphan, spinster heart overflowing with love she herself has never known, pours it into his tiny life.


Like a tidal wave, his ‘real’ parents crash land, accuse her of ‘kidnapping’, threaten to get her arrested, finally leave with him, leaving her lost, broken and crumpled like a wasted ruin. She picks herself up and plods on.


She is late returning to an empty home from her retirement party. As she pushes open the gate, a young man steps out of the shadows.


Written for the amazing group Friday Fictioneers led by Rochelle. For the photo prompt below –

Copyright - Douglas M. MacIlroy

39 comments on “The spinster

  1. Dear Joyful,

    You used your 100 words to the fullest. I felt deeply for her when the child was taken from her. I’ve no doubt the young man in the shadows has come back to her in 2014. Well done.



  2. Your chronological glimpses were a very creative and engaging way to tell so much history in so few words. I especially enjoyed the ending. While there’s debate as to who this young man is, I’m choosing to believe it’s her son, finally returning home! I love that you allowed for various interpretations!

C'mon, don't be a silent spectator ....

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